Sinus Lift for Dental Implants
Sinus Lift surgery or Sinus Augmentation is a procedure that adds bone to the back of your upper jaw in the back, in the area of your molars and premolars. Bone is added between your upper jaw and maxillary sinuses. Maxillary sinuses reside on either side of your nose. In order to make room for the new bone, the sinus membrane must be moved up, or lifted.
Why do I need a sinus lift?
If you are replacing teeth in your upper jaw and you do not have enough healthy bone for the implants to be placed, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may need a sinus lift. There are several reasons for a sinus lift.
Anatomy of the skull:
The back of the upper jaw naturally has less bone than the lower jaw. Many people who have lost their teeth in the upper jaw, specifically the back teeth, or molars, do not have enough bone for implants to be placed.
Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to bone loss.
If teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone may have begun to be absorbed back into the body.
Shape and size of sinus:
The maxillary sinus may be too close or too large for a dental implant to be placed. Sinuses vary in shape and size from person-to-person and increase in size as you age.
As more dentists are recommending dental implants to replace teeth, sinus lifts have become more common. Call New You Dental Center to discuss your options.