Why do I need a Sinus Lift?
If you have lost bone in the upper back jaw due to tooth loss or periodontal disease, there may not be enough bone for the placement of dental implants.A sinus lift (or sinus augmentation) can correct this issue by lifting the sinus floor and placing an adequate amount of substitute bone to make dental implant placement possible.
What is Involved in Getting a Sinus Lift?
In order to add bone to your upper jaw, between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, the sinus membrane is lifted, and the bone is placed.As with bone grafting, the bone used in the sinus lift is either taken from your jaw, hip, or tibia (below the knee), or obtained from a tissue bank.After the sinus augmentation, the bone will integrate with your jaw. This takes anywhere from four to twelve months, depending on the type of bone material used and on your individual needs.
What are the Benefits of a Sinus Lift?
Patients with missing teeth or inadequate bone loss due to periodontal disease may not qualify for the placement of dental implants, and may have to resort to alternate teeth replacement options like loose and uncomfortable dentures.Sinus lifts can provide such patients with adequate bone in the upper jaw for the placement of dental implants.