Published on August 26, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

What is a sinus lift?

Behind your cheekbones and on top of your upper teeth are the maxillary sinuses. These sinuses are air-filled chambers that are vacant. The natural upper teeth’s roots extend into the maxillary sinuses in some cases. When the upper teeth are removed, the maxillary sinus and the mouth are generally separated by only a thin bone wall. Bone is required to keep dental implants in place. It is impossible to install dental implants in the sinus wall when it is exceedingly thin.

The quality and quantity of jaw bone to which the implant will be linked are crucial for a successful and long-lasting dental implant. A sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone development if bone loss has occurred due to injury or periodontal disease. For patients with bone loss in the upper jaw, a sinus lift is one of the most popular bone grafting treatments. The goal of the surgery is to grow bone above the bony ridge of the gum line, which attaches the teeth in the upper jaw, in the floor of the maxillary sinus. Dental implants can then be implanted and anchored in the newly formed bone. Visit Oral Health Center dental office.

Is a sinus lift treatment right for me?

If you have any of the following symptoms, a sinus lift may be necessary:

  • more than one tooth in the back of your jaw is missing
  • a considerable amount of bone in the back of your jaw is missing
  • are lacking teeth as a result of a congenital abnormality or disease
  • are lacking the majority of their maxillary teeth and require dental implant assistance

How is a sinus lift performed?

To expose the jaw bone, a tiny incision is usually performed on the premolar or molar region. The membrane lining the sinus is forced upward through a tiny hole cut into the bone. Bone grafting material, either from your own body or from other sources, is used to fill the underlying void. Synthetic materials that mimic bone growth are sometimes used. The incision is sutured after the bone is placed, and the healing process begins. The bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw after many months of healing, and dental implants can be put and stabilized in the newly produced sinus bone.

Sinus augmentations and implant placement can occasionally be done in one surgery if there is enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus to adequately anchor the implant. If there isn’t enough bone, sinus augmentation will have to be done first, followed by the graft maturing for several months, depending on the type of graft material used. The implants can be inserted once the graft has developed.

Many patients who previously had no other alternative than to wear loose dentures can now have dental implants thanks to the sinus graft.

A sinus augmentation is usually done under local anesthetic at Dr. Banga‘s office. Some patients may also seek orally or intravenous sedative medicine.