A sinus lift is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It's sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or "lifted." A sinus lift usually is done by a dentist specialist. This could be either an oral and periodontist or prosthodontist.
What It's Used For
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed. There are several reasons for this:
How It's Done
Dr. Lorenzana will cut the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be. The tissue is raised, exposing the bone. A small, oval window is opened in the bone. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
Granules of bone-graft material are then packed into the space where the sinus was. The amount of bone used will vary, but usually several millimeters of bone is added above the jaw.
Once the bone is in place, the tissue is closed with stitches. Your implants will be placed four to nine months later. This allows time for the grafted material to mesh with your bone. The amount of time depends on the amount of bone needed.
A Home care for your dental implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.
A dental implant can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
The implant is removed and the site is allowed to heal. Another implant can often be placed after healing if there is adequate bone.
Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans. However, we may offer payment plan options.
Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to shrink (atrophy) in the same manner that muscle underneath a cast gets smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscles on top of it, losing volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged. The good news is: Dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss. .