A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper posterior area of the jaw has traditionally been a difficult area to place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and the close proximity to the sinus. If you’ve lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.
A sinus augmentation/sinus lift can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique an incision is made to expose the bone, then a small circle is cut into the bone, this bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. We can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.
Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.
Sinus augmentation/Sinus Lift has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.