What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that involves adding bone to the upper jaw. Patients often need a sinus lift in order to make room in their mouth for dental implants. Sometimes called a sinus augmentation, this procedure adds bone underneath your sinus cavities, which are located on either side of your nose. When this bone is added, your sinus cavity must be moved upward to make sure that your jaw and sinuses aren’t too close together.
Candidates for a Sinus Augmentation
There are many reasons you may need to have bone added to your upper jaw. Some of the cases where you would need a sinus lift include:
- If you have lost teeth and are in need of dental implants. Before you can have your implants placed, the back of your jaw by your molars may need to have bone added so the implants can be placed. Generally, the back of your mouth has less bone than the front of your mouth, and that is why you may need bone added there.
- When too much bone is lost after having a periodontal disease to support implants. If periodontal disease is allowed to run rampant to the point where you’ve lost teeth, you will lose the bone that once surrounded your teeth. Patients will need to have bone added if they have lost too much bone.
- If your sinus cavity is too close to your upper jaw. If you need implants placed but your upper jaw is too close to your sinus cavity, you will need to have a sinus lift. This will vary from person to person depending on the size of their sinus cavity.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
During the sinus lift procedure, one of our doctors at Clear Lake Dental Care will lift the sinus membrane to make room for the bone. The bone is taken from another part of the patient’s body or from a cadaver. First, our staff will cut the gum tissue, exposing the bone. Then, we will open an area through the bone that separates the jaw from the sinus membrane. Next, we place the bone graft into the previously occupied area and stitch it close. After the patient has had time to heal they can come back and have dental implants placed. This healing time allows the bone graft time to mesh with the bone.
Sinus Augmentation Recovery
Typically patients will experience some swelling and bleeding after a sinus augmentation. They should avoid forceful sneezing or nose-blowing for a short time. We will schedule follow-up appointments to check on your progress and remove the stitches after surgery.
Dr. Darcy talks about a sinus lift at Clear Lake Dental Care
Risks of a Sinus Lift
There are some rare risks that can occur after a sinus lift. These can include:
- Puncturing or tearing of the sinus membrane
- Failure of the bone graft to integrate with the patient’s bone
Sinus Lifts at Clear Lake Dental Care
At many dental practices, they will tell you that you need a sinus lift and then proceed to send you to another dental practice to have the sinus lift performed. This is an inconvenience that you do not need to suffer through. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we perform sinus lifts in our office, right where you get your cleanings and other procedures. Once we tell you that you will need a sinus lift, you can make your appointment immediately. You won’t have to deal with any outside practices; you will have the procedure done at a practice that you trust.