Sinus Lifts

What is a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift is a a type of bone grafting procedure where we “push” the maxillary sinus up by adding bone, so that we can place one or more dental implants.

A Quick Anatomy Lesson

If you’ve ever had a bad cold or sinus infection (and who hasn’t?), you know right where your sinuses are.  The pair above your nose obviously aren’t important in dentistry, but in your cheeks on the sides they are.  When you feel the intense pressure and pain there, that’s your congested sinuses.  Looking at the anatomy of your face and jaw, the maxillary sinus is located over the roots of your premolars and molars. As you lose those teeth, you also lose bone.  Yep – if you don’t have teeth, you don’t need bone in the jaws, so it slowly shrinks away.

Why Would I Need a Sinus Lift?

One of the most important factors in deciding if you can get dental implants placed, is having enough bone to hold the implant(s) in place. If you are missing back teeth in your upper jaw and want them replaced with dental implants, you need enough bone below the bottom edge of the sinus. If you don’t, we have to build it up.  We do this by pushing the flexible bottom of the sinus “up” so that we can place bone. Hence the term, “sinus lift.”

Summary

If you want to replace missing back teeth with dental implants, you might need a sinus lift in order to have enough bone.

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