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With MIAMBE patients benefit from a safe sinus lift procedure with minimal discomfort, reduced pain, shorter healing times and abbreviated time for prosthodontic rehabilitation. We invite you to learn more about MIAMBE by taking a look at answers to frequently asked question about implants and sinus lift (below). Ask your dentist about the balloon that makes all the difference. Find a certified clinic near you

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sinus lift faq

Sinus Lift Info for Patients

1What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is a type of bone graft operation that helps reconstruct lost bone in the posterior area of the upper jaw. This procedure is also known as a sinus floor augmentation or sinus lift. In a sinus lift procedure, the membrane of the sinus is lifted in order to make space for the insertion of bone graft material. The sinus lift procedure is usually conducted to enable the placement of dental implants.

MIAMBE is a unique sinus lift technique. The only sinus lift to be conducted with a balloon. MIAMBE is minimally invasive, enabling performance of the whole procedure through a 3mm hole, which will be used later for implant insertion.

2Who needs a sinus lift?

Patients who have tooth extractions or periodontal disease and who have suffered from bone loss in the posterior upper jaw are suitable for this procedure. Patients who have lost more than one tooth or more in the posterior maxilla are strong candidates for a sinus lift.

The bone height is reduced over time, due to tooth loss and increasing sinus volume. The remaining thin bone in the upper jaw will be unable to support dental implants. Patients who need to reconstruct their lost teeth need dental implants, but who do not have enough jawbone, will benefit from a sinus lift to restore the bone before dental implants are placed.

With MIAMBE, a sinus lift can be conducted even when the existing jaw bone is less than 4 mm thick. MIAMBE is especially suite for single tooth rehabilitation.

3What are the different approaches sinus lift surgery?

Sinus lift surgery is divided into two major categories: open and closed procedures. The open procedure is also called the lateral window approach. In this procedure, the lateral boney wall of the sinus is exposed and a window is cut into it. This gives the dental surgeon access to the membrane. The sinus membrane is disconnected from the bone and the bone graft material is inserted through the window. This procedure is aggressive, with many complications and involves a long and painful recovery. The closed procedure does not necessitate big flaps. The whole procedure is conducted through the alveolar ridge. This procedure is usually conducted with more than 5 mm of sinus floor and a smaller lift is required. There are various tools to actually lift the membrane: osteotomes, hydraulic sinus lift, drills etc.

MIAMBE is a minimally invasive closed sinus lift technique, in which a balloon is used to lift the sinus membrane. .

4What are the risks of a sinus lift?

The main risk associated with sinus lift is the tearing of the sinus membrane. In open sinus procedures large tears cause the abortion of the procedure and a waiting period of 4-6 month for healing. In closed procedures the tear will also cause abortion and the healing period is usually 3-6 weeks with minimal discomfort to the patient.

Other risks include infection, bone graft dispersion causing sinusitis, hematoma and loosening of implants.

5Why is it a problem if the sinus membrane tears?

It is imperative to maintain an intact sinus membrane during the sinus lift. When the membrane is lifted, the space created is used for bone grafting. If the membrane is torn the bone graft material will disperse in the sinus cavity, causing sinusitis.

6Will there be any discomfort after the sinus lift surgery?

Often, patients may experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort after an open sinus lift procedure. As a result, patients are prescribed antibiotics and medication to help manage the pain, inflammation, congestion, and to fight infection.

With MIAMBE, which is a minimally invasive technique, symptoms and discomfort are significantly reduced.

7How does a bone graft with dental implants work?

When bone grafting material is inserted beneath the antral membrane, blood and bone substitute will fuse together creating new bone structure. After a healing period of 4-6 months the implant can be placed. When the MIAMBE technique is used, primary stability can be achieved even with small amount of bone and the implant can be inserted in a single sitting. This shortens the rehabilitation period.


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implants faq

Information for patients about dental implants

1Why do people need dental implants?

People who have a missing tooth or two, often think they can live without them. It is recommended however, not to do so, as failing to replace the missing teeth is the road to further damage to your remaining teeth. Balance in the mouth is important. Remaining teeth can move and jaw bone volume is lost over time. The Chewing muscles may also be affected. Temporomandibular joint disorder may cause pain in the jaw. There could also be an aesthetic damage, leading to lack of confidence in social situations.

Dental implants are considered to be the only solution for replacing missing teeth, otherwise the patient will sacrifice the neighboring teeth. Dental implants help maintain the jawbone and keep the facial structure intact.

2Why are dental implants a preferred solution for replacing lost teeth?

Dental implants are the most natural-feeling and natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options dental implants are fixed into the jaw and do not click or slip while eating, laughing, or talking. Dental implants are as close as one can get to the feeling of having all one’s real teeth again.

3What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a cylindrical tapered post that is usually made of titanium. It essentially serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth on top of which is a replacement crown.

4How do you get a dental implant?

A certified dentist can conduct a dental implantation procedure. The dental implantation process has 3 phases: First, a placement of the implant into the jawbone. In this stage, bone grafting and/ or a sinus lift will take place if it is required. Following the day of implant placement, is a healing period (if required) of a few months for the implant to fuse together with the natural jawbone (osteo integration). Once the implant has bonded with the jawbone, the rehabilitation phase can take place (crown or bridge placement).

5Will any dentist be able to provide a dental implant?

Dental implants are quite sophisticated devices that must be placed carefully to avoid complications. So for the best outcome, it is crucial that you always choose a certified expert to handle the procedure.

A certified MIAMBE dentist can conduct the placement of dental implants using the balloon sinus lift method.

6Are dental implants right for me?

If you are missing a tooth or teeth and want a natural looking smile, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants.

7What will it feel like after dental implantation treatment is completed?

When the dental implantation procedure is complete, the healing period is over and all the implants are in place, dental implants feel like and function just as real natural teeth do.

8Do dental implants require special maintenance?

No. Dental implants require keeping the mouth and teeth clean, just like real teeth. Regular tooth brushing and periodical visits to the dental hygienist every 3-6 months for deeper cleaning is all that is required.

9What are Endosteal implants?

The exact procedure and the type of the implant will be selected by the dentist, according to each case. The size and shape of the jawbone and its health are critical factors in the decision whether to insert an implant.

When there is a healthy and full jawbone, Endosteal implants will be used. These implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone and fuse with it over time. Endosteal implants can also be used if there is not enough jawbone, if the bone can be restorated, for example with a procedure called the Maxillary Sinus Augmentation, otherwise known as “sinus lift”.

Further information regarding sinus lift techniques is available in the sinus lift FAQ above.

10What is dental implant surgery?

Dental implants, which are cylindrical tapered posts that serve as a substitute for the root of the tooth, need to be inserted into the jawbone. This is a surgical procedure.

11What is a sinus lift procedure?

When thers is no bone hieght under the sinus cavity, the sinus membrane should be elevated or lifted up to create a space, in which bone subsitute is augmented, in order to have enough bone to insert the implant.
Further information regarding sinus lift techniques is available in the sinus lift FAQ above.

MIAMBE is a minimally invasive, safe sinus lift procedure conducted with a balloon.

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