About Sinus Lifts
Before you journey into the world of dental implants, your dentist may refer you to a skilled surgeon for a sinue 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.
"Great surgeon and the staff amazing, made me feel very comfortable and answer all my questions, I'll definitely recommend family and friends"- J.M. / Facebook / Sep 17, 2017
"The staff is extremely respectful and knowledgeable. Both the doctor and assistants provided me with information that was easy to understand regarding the procedure. I can not express just how satisfied I am with my experience."- A.R. / Facebook / Sep 12, 2017
"I came to Millenium Surgical to get my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Nierzwicki was great and made me feel very comfortable being put to sleep with anesthesia. Not only did that, but he took the time to explain all my options and then the entire procedure and answer ALL of my questions before hand. After the procedure, Dr. Nierzwicki called to check up and see how I was feeling. I felt so at ease from start to finish during the entire processes. The entire staff was very kind and helpful, from Kenya to Maggie. Highly recommend!!"- S.S. / Facebook / Sep 07, 2017
"I was referred by a friend to Dr. Cienawa who then referred me to Dr. Bart - the same day - to have my two bottom wisdom teeth removed. As I have never had even a stitch before in my life, I was nervous about being put to sleep, etc. (especially after the horror stories everyone tell you about getting their wisdom teeth removed!). Dr. Bart led the consultation along with Kenia and went over other options where I could stay awake. Honestly, I think that took more time than the... actual extraction itself! The consultation was thorough and helpful, so when I made the decision it was all green lights. I was truly taken care of - and last minute, which I so appreciate, and was able to not be put to sleep, and still be pain free. I appreciate also the woman who walked me through the billing process and (this is on my insurance more than the practice) while it was a hefty upfront cost, I am pleased with the decision I made (they even gave me a shirt!) because I was able to still enjoy my Labor Day weekend up in Michigan! I would highly recommend this place due to the professional demeanor of the office, the staff, and the doctor. Thank you!"- J.W. / Facebook / Sep 05, 2017
"Very professional place and friendly. I recommend many friends to go there!"- M.R. / Facebook / Sep 02, 2017
Reasons for a Lift
Sinus lifts are a common procedure for patient 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.