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Sinus Lift Surgery: Preparing for Dental Implants


couple smilingA sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, is a surgical intervention aimed at augmenting bone in the upper jaw, particularly in the molar region. This procedure becomes necessary when there's insufficient bone height to support dental implants. Let us perform your sinus lift surgery here at Advanced Center for Oral Surgery, Facial Surgery and Dental Implants.

Indications for Sinus Lift Surgery


Patients typically require a sinus lift due to bone loss in the posterior maxilla caused by factors such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, trauma, or aging. With tooth loss in this area, the bone supporting the molars diminishes over time, leaving inadequate bone mass for implant placement.

Preparation for Sinus Lift


Before the procedure, a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's dental and medical history is conducted, along with diagnostic imaging. This assessment helps determine the extent of bone loss and aids in planning for optimal outcomes.

The Sinus Lift Procedure


The sinus lift procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, although some patients opt for sedation. After numbing the area, an incision is made in the gum tissue, exposing the underlying bone and providing access to the sinus membrane.

A small opening is then created in the bone, through which the sinus membrane is delicately lifted upward, creating a space between the membrane and bone. This space is filled with bone graft material to stimulate new bone growth through osseointegration, wherein the bone fuses with the graft over time. The choice of graft material depends on factors like the patient's health, bone quality, and surgeon's preference.

Following placement of the graft material, the incision is sutured closed, initiating the healing process. Over several months, the bone graft integrates with existing bone, gradually increasing height and volume in the desired area. During this healing phase, patients must adhere to postoperative instructions, including medication adherence, dietary restrictions, and proper oral hygiene.

After complete healing, usually within four to nine months, a second procedure is performed to place dental implants. During this procedure, the gum tissue is reopened, implants are inserted into the augmented bone, and the tissue is sutured closed. Patients may receive temporary restorations for functionality until final, customized restorations are attached post-healing.

Benefits of Sinus Lift Surgery


Sinus lift surgery has transformed implant dentistry by enabling implant placement in areas with insufficient bone volume. The benefits include improved function, enhanced aesthetics, increased confidence, and overall oral health restoration. It's a valuable treatment option for patients seeking to regain their smiles.
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