Sinus lift is a surgical procedure that grafts new bone tissue in the area of your molars and premolars. This procedure, usually carried out by specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist, is used when the sinuses of patients needing dental implants are too close to the jaw or the upper jaw lacks sufficient height to make the implants feasible.
The reasons for this are many and include side effects of gum disease, bone absorption due to missing teeth and many other factors. Whatever the reason, with the increasing popularity of dental implants, the sinus lift procedure is becoming more and more prevalent.
Preparations for Sinus lift procedure
The bone to be grafted can come from a number of sources including your own bone tissue or bovine bone tissue.
You’ll most probably be asked to undergo a thorough physical examination by your physician and X-Rays of your mouth so that the surgeon can get a clear picture of the anatomy of your sinus and jaw and accurately plan the sinus lift procedure. You may also need to have a CT scan so that the surgeon can accurately measure and plan the height and width of your bone structure.
The actual procedure
A sinus lift is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. After making the necessary incision, the surgeon will pack the area with bone graft tissue. The incisions are then sutured and, after a short period of observation, you’ll be sent home.
Please note that the actual dental implants will be placed after between three to six months – this is the average time required for the bone implant to “take” and firmly attach itself to your bone tissue.
Following Sinus lift procedure
You’ll be given clear, post-procedure instructions by your surgeon and it’s important that you follow them to avoid complications and to ensure quick healing and good results.