What is A Sinus Lift
The key to a successful and long-lasting dental implant is the quality and quantity of jaw bone to which the dental implant will be attached. If bone loss has occurred due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone formation. A sinus lift is one of the most common bone grafting procedures for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw. The procedure seeks to grow bone in the floor of the maxillary sinus above the bony ridge of the gum line that anchors the teeth in the upper jaw. This enables dental implants to be placed and secured in the new bone growth.
Am I A Candidate for A Sinus Lift Procedure?
How is the Sinus Lift Procedure Accomplished?
If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to sufficiently stabilize the dental implant, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for up to several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.
The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants that previously had no other option besides wearing loose dentures.
A sinus augmentation is generally performed at our surgeons office, under local anesthesia. Some patients may request oral or intravenous sedative medication as well.