Sinus Lift Procedures
Sinus Lift is a surgical procedure that is necessary when there isn't sufficient bone in the upper jaw to accommodate an implant.
Sinus Lift is a surgical procedure that involves adding bone to the upper jaw in the area of the Molars and Pre-Molars. This procedure is also called as Sinus Augmentation. The bone is surgically added in between the jaw and the maxillary sinus present on either side of your nose.
The maxillary sinuses are above your upper teeth and behind your cheeks. The sinuses are basically empty spaces filled with air. In order to make space to add the bone, the sinus membrane has to be lifted up, hence the term 'Sinus Lift'.
When do you need a Sinus Lift Procedure?
The Sinus Lift procedure maybe necessary when the sinuses are too close to the upper jaw or when there isn't sufficient bone in the upper jaw to accommodate a dental implant. There are several reasons why someone may need a Sinus Lift. Here are some of them:
- Loss of teeth in the upper jaw for an extended period of time can result in the bone being reabsorbed. This makes an implant difficult since there isn't enough bone to hold them in place.
- It is possible to lose bone in the jaw due to a gum disease. If there isn't enough bone to fix an implant then you may need a Sinus Lift procedure.
- The size and shape of the maxillary sinus differs among persons of different age. If the maxillary sinus is very close to the upper jaw, this may cause problems during an implant.