What is a Sinus Lift procedure?

What is a Sinus Lift procedure?

A sinus lift procedure is a surgical procedure used to increase the height of the maxillary sinuses, which are located in the cheekbones. The procedure is often done in conjunction with dental implants to provide more support and stability for the implant. It is also known as a sinus augmentation or a sinus lift. 

This procedure is usually done when there is to bone loss, which can occur due to periodontal disease, trauma to the area, or other factors. 

Indications for a Sinus lift procedure

1. Insufficient bone in the upper jaw for dental implant placement.

2. Teeth have been missing for a long period of time which can lead to bone loss.

3. Bone has been lost due to periodontal (gum) disease.

4. To prepare the area for a bone graft.

5. To restore a collapsed sinus cavity.

6. To improve the aesthetics of the smile line.

How is a Sinus Lift Procedure done?

The procedure involves lifting the sinus membrane and placing a bone graft material in the space created. The bone graft material helps to stimulate the growth of new bone, which will eventually fuse with the existing bone. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and may take a few hours to complete. 

It is performed by making an incision in the gum tissue of the upper jaw in the back region and then gently lifting the membrane that separates the sinuses from the oral cavity. A graft material is then placed into the area created between the membrane and the jawbone to increase its height and width. 

After the procedure, you may experience swelling and tenderness in the area, which is completely normal and will eventually go away in a few days. You will be prescribed medications such as antibiotics and painkillers. 

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