About Sinus Lifts
Before you journey into the world of dental implants, your dentist may refer you to a skilled surgeon for a sinus lift consultation. Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bartlomiej Nierzwicki, performs sinus lift surgery in his Chicago, IL practice to help his patients make room for dental implants when molars or premolars need to be removed in the upper jaw. A sinus lift is a distinct procedure for patients who do not have enough bone height needed for dental implants in the upper jaw (which requires support), sinuses that are too close to the bone or are too large. To make room for the bone graft, each maxillary sinus has to be lifted. At Millennium Surgical, we have a dedicated team, who implement the patient’s own, allogenic or xenograft bone for grafting.
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail the procedure, gave me a prescription to help with the dental anxiety and the next day completed the extraction in a matter of minutes with no issues whatsoever. I am so grateful to have used his services. Once I left the consultation, I was actually looking forward to getting the procedure done. He listened to my concerns, addressed them thoroughly with his thoughtful bedside manner. His staff was also exceptional. The facility is clean and modern. I felt no pain or anxiety. If I have any future oral surgery needs, I will never go anywhere else but to Millennium Surgical. A week later, I am healing nicely and have had no pain just the normal discomfort which comes from an extraction. Hands down the best oral surgeon in the area."- V.Y. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2018
"Fantastic doctor! I had a molar extracted one week ago. I am a patient who suffers from extreme dental anxiety. I went in for a consultation and Dr. Bart was a Godsend. He explained in detail..."- V.Y. / Yahoo / Jun 07, 2018
"They are wonderful, caring people. I had a panic attack and the nurses sat with me and calmed me down. They are dedicated to their work, and makes sure their clients leave with a smile."- T.N. / Facebook / Jun 04, 2018
"Walk in, quick consult eval & tooth out; walk out. Done. Went to work next day. No problem."- A.S. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2018
"Dr. Nierzwicki and his team were exceptional, professional, and compassionate. I was told about Dr. Nierzwicki from a friend and went for my wisdom teeth extractions. I was called in for the dimensional x-ray and was then taken to the consulting room. My vitals were taken and then I waited for Dr. Nierzwicki to explain my options. He explained the risks of the surgery and provided all the information I needed. I was given the option to remove my wisdom teeth that same day with only local anesthesia, so I went ahead and did it. The staff and Dr. Nierzwicki made me feel very comfortable. I was given instructions on how to take the medications, what to expect, and how to care for my incisions. The surgery only took a few minutes but it went smoothly as Dr. Nierzwicki would walk me through every single step he was doing. This made me feel very comfortable and less anxious. If you need to remove your wisdom teeth or need any dental surgeries, I recommend coming here."- A.S. / Yelp / Mar 07, 2018
Reasons for a Lift
Sinus lifts are a common procedure for patients who need:
- Dental implants in the upper back jaw
- Increased bone height since they have experienced bone loss from gum disease
- A strong foundation for dental implant stability
- To resize and reposition the sinus
During the Procedure
To take measurements of the jaw and sinuses and to determine how the sinuses should be repositioned, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will take dental X-rays. The surgeon will first make an incision in the gum tissue at the back of the mouth after the bone graft is prepared. The tissue will be lifted and expose the existing bone. Our surgeon will delicately place the graft to push the membrane lining of the sinus upward, and further away from the jaw. Then, the incision will be closed with stitches. This is not the final step in the whole process, but it is the end of the surgery. In the next 4 – 9 months, the graft will bond with the existing bone. Once there is a full bond your surgeon can place the dental implant.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics for the inflammation and soreness this surgery will cause and to prevent an infection in the area treated. There will, of course, be swelling and some blood spotting in the nose or mouth after surgery. In your aftercare instructions, our staff will suggest:
- Using a saline nasal spray to keep dryness in the nose at bay
- Avoiding blowing your nose or sneezing (if possible)
We ask that you follow-up with your surgeon in 7 – 10 days for suture removal. Please call the office right away if you experience serious pain, swelling, fever, or if the bleeding will not stop.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breathe Easy Again
At our oral and maxillofacial surgery office, patients can receive surgery to ensure adequate room for dental implants. Best of all, treatment will be provided in a secure location thanks to the advanced technology and professionalism of our surgeon and staff. Dental implants need a strong foundation in the jaw before they can be placed, and having a sinus lift surgery will dramatically increase the success of the process. We invite you to call for a consultation today.