A sinus lift is a procedure that augments bone in the upper jaw. This is the area directly below the sinus cavity. The procedure is also called sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, and is sometimes necessary before a dental implant like those at Cary Family Dental.
Many people are missing one or two of their upper back molars. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone at the extraction site starts to shrink and recede. We may recommend a sinus lift if a patient doesn’t have sufficient bone to hold the implant post.
How Does a Sinus Lift Work?
Let’s talk about a sinus lift and bone graft.
First, we maske an incision in the gum tissue. This exposes the jawbone underneath. Then, we cut a small opening in the jawbone. Through this opening, we can push the bottom of the sinus cavity upward (toward the nose).
After the sinus is raised to make room, we pack the bone grafting material into the new space created. The bone grafting material may be donor bone or artificial bone.
How Long Does a Sinus Lift Procedure Take?
The procedure, including the bone graft, takes from one to two hours. Afterward, we will have thorough post-operative instructions.