Sinus Lift

Sinus Lift

The sinus lift or sinus lift graft procedure is a relatively common form of oral plastic surgery that is designed to increase the height of the maxillary bone so that further reconstructive work, such as dental implants can be done. The maxillary sinuses are located behind the cheekbones and run from under the eyes to the area just above the upper back teeth.

Very frequently the roots of the upper back teeth will protrude into these sinuses. Then when one or more of these teeth need to be removed there is not much supportive bone left between the maxillary sinus and the mouth. This is a problem for dentists and their patients because it means there is very little natural bone in which to anchor a dental implant.

In the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Bordlemay enters the sinus from the location of the missing upper tooth or teeth. The sinus membrane is then gently manipulated upward after which a bone grafting material is placed at the base of the sinus. When there is sufficient bone present between the jaw and the bottom of the sinus Dr. Bordlemay can proceed immediately to placing a dental implant.

If there is not enough bone available before healing then further work in the area must wait until the bone and any bone grafting material placed there have thoroughly integrated. Complete and successful healing may take several months and will depend on the age and health of the patient. When Dr. Bordlemay determines that the bone is sufficiently healed and permanently attached to the floor of the sinus then the process of placing dental implants can proceed.

At Coastal Empire Periodontics, our team is experienced in the sinus lift procedure and everything necessary for successful dental implants. Our goal is to work with our patients and their general dentists to fully restore dental function and a beautiful smile.

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