A sinus lift does exactly what the name suggests: it lifts your sinus cavity to make room for extra bone that is added to your upper jaw. The bone in a sinus lift surgery is added to your upper jaw in the area around your molars if you do not have enough bone in that area for implants. Sometimes called a sinus augmentation, this procedure adds bone just 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.
The Convenience of Having a Sinus Lift 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. Instead of making your appointment right then and there, you will have to make an appointment at another dental practice that you’ve never been to before. At Clear Lake Dental Care, you can have your sinus lift performed at the same place where you have your dental cleanings and exams and other dental care performed. Once we tell you that you will need a sinus lift, you can make your appointment immediately to have it done right here. You won’t have to deal with any outside practices; you will have the procedure done at a practice that you trust.
Why Do You Need to Have a Sinus Lift?
There are many reasons you may need to have bone added to your upper jaw and have your sinus cavity lifted. 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.
- If you have had periodontal disease, you may have lost too much bone 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. If you’ve lost too much bone, you will need to have bone added via a sinus lift.
- 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.