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Old 09-18-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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partial or implant/sinus lift/bone graft

Hi,I was shocked when I found out that the tooth holding my bridge has decay under it and might need to be removed. But I was more shocked with the specialist said as its upper/side I would need a sinus lift and bone graft Sorry but this frightens me too much and I fear I could not deal with it or the expense. Can anyone tell me if a partial plate instead is such a bad deal? specialist acted like it is but I am 68yo so its not like I am a youngster. All my top teeth are crowned and I don't know how partials work so any input is welcomed. I did some online research about sinus lifts/bone grafts etc and found it to be very invasive
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: partial or implant/sinus lift/bone graft

Although I am not sure what a sinus lift is it does sound very invasive - what are the risks or chance of complications with it if any? What is its purpose?Although implants do work wonderfully they can be costly and painful when first done and sometimes fail or become infected - also very painful. You don't say if the dentist can re-use your existing bridge or not or if you need to have the bridge replaced once the implant is done. I have seen some prior posts that partials made of velplast (sp?) can be very comfortable since they are thin and flexible. I know many people would advise that getting the implant would provide a more stable bite - but due to my experience with implants over the yrs (after 15 yrs they started to fail - very painful and just as expensive to have them removed not to mention the damage done to surrounding gum tissue and bone) I would suggest you try the partial first. If down the road you realize it does not provide enough comfort or stability to eat and talk, you can always go back and have an implant done. My bro-in-law has an upper partial plate for his 2 front teeth (maybe 4, not sure) and he has not had any problems with it at all. He tried implants as well but said they were always getting infected so he had them removed and went with the partial. Its really a difficult decision since for every person who has had a good experience with implants there are problably the same number of people who haven't. A lot has to due with the surgeon who does it and your finances and how patient you are in going through the process. I'm more concerned about the sinus lift - what it is and why its needed. Do you need it to get the partial as well?

 
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: partial or implant/sinus lift/bone graft

I had a sinus lift and bone graft done when an implant was placed in my upper left last spring. This was my first implant so I'm not sure how the surgery would differ without the sinus lift/bone graft. I really had no problems with the surgery. The surgeon used a cadaver bone so I didn't have to deal with harvesting. I had the surgery on Friday afternoon and was back to work on Monday. I slept alot on Friday and Saturday but on Sunday I took the dogs for a walk and helped my boyfriend build a pantry in one of my closets

The hardest part about it was not being able to blow my nose for 2 weeks following the surgery so the bone graft could heal. Thankfully my spring allergies didn't set in until after the 2 weeks was over so I didn't have any problems.

Good luck with what ever decision you make!

 
Old 09-27-2006, 03:45 AM   #4
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Re: partial or implant/sinus lift/bone graft

A sinus lift is sometimes recommended to keep the implant from damaging the sinus during placement and it could be life threatning or cause many problems. There are now new procedures for installing implants that make this surgery unnecessary. I was told for years that I did not have enough bone to place implants and if I insisted, they would have to do the sinus lift surgery. I had 3 placed at the beginning of September and no sinus lift surgery needed. I did have a bone graft done where an oral surgeon pulled a tooth and left a mess with the bone. The prothodontist that placed the implants, used a CAT scan to make a drill jig for implant placement. It was amazing.

 
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