Sinus Augmentation/Lift

What is a Sinus Lift Surgery Procedure?

Your sinuses are air-filled spaces located in your upper jaw near to the roots of your upper back teeth.

Often there is just a thin layer of bone separating your sinuses from your tooth roots, as it’s possible for bone loss in this area to occur due to disease or injury.

If you need to have upper teeth extracted, and wish to replace them with dental implants, you could need a sinus lift procedure to help build up the bone in this area.

Successful dental implants need to be inserted into a minimum amount of bone, and a sinus lift procedure or sinus augmentation raises the floor of the sinuses, enabling new bone to be formed.

This is one of the most common bone graft procedures for patients who have lost bone in their upper jaw. Through strengthening and increasing the bone in this location, the dental implant can be placed in the correct amount of strong and healthy bone.

How is a Sinus Lift Surgery Carried Out?

  • A small incision will be made in the gums to expose the bone.
  • A small opening is cut into the bone itself, and the membrane covering your sinuses is pushed upwards.
  • The newly created space is filled with bone grafting material that forms a matrix, encouraging your own bone to grow.
  • Once the bone has been successfully placed, it is covered up and the gum is stitched back in place. Often the graft has to be left to heal and fully integrate with your natural bone for several months, but if you only need a tiny amount of bone grafting material, it might be possible to place the graft and the implant at the same time. Otherwise the dental implant will be inserted at a later date.