Sinus Lift Surgery for Dental Implants

Just like a bone graft, sinus lift surgery is meant to prepare your mouth for dental implant success. Oftentimes, the upper back jaw is one of the most difficult areas to place dental implants due to lower bone quality and the proximity to the sinus cavity.

So what is the solution? A sinus lift.

While this sounds more like a cosmetic or otolaryngology procedure, it’s actually a fairly straightforward dental procedure performed frequently right here at Smiles at Fairfax Corner.

What happens during a sinus lift procedure?

The main goal of a sinus lift procedure is to lift the bottom of the sinus in order to clear room and gather bone for dental implant surgery.

  • During the most common sinus lift procedure, a precise incision is made to expose bone. Don’t worry, you will be given a local anesthetic and sedated if necessary so you will not feel anything.
  • Next, a very small circle is cut and a piece of bone is lifted into the sinus region. We often tell our patients that it mimics a trap door, as the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. At our office, we will explain the different materials used during this procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • After this, the incision is stitched and the healing process begins. Many patients do not realize it, but this healing time will take place over a period of about a year, and at that time we will evaluate to ensure you are ready for dental implants placement.
  • In certain situations, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus lift occurs, but this must be evaluated by our periodontist and team on a patient by patient basis.

Is it time for your sinus lift surgery?

If you are thinking of getting dental implants, then you may have to undergo either a sinus lift or a bone grafting procedure. Either way, these two procedures set the foundation for dental implants that will last for years to come.

Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to drastically improve the chances of dental implant success. While it’s possible to experience slight pain during the procedure, most patients agree it is worth it, as dental implants can change your life!