October 20, 2018
Dental implants are the most effective long-term replacement option for missing teeth. They’re durable, and allow you to regain the full functionality and aesthetic appeal of your natural teeth. However, in certain cases, patients will need what’s called a sinus lift before a dental implant can be placed. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at what exactly this procedure does and why you may need it.
What Is It?
A sinus lift is a procedure that restores lost bone to the upper jaw. Also known as a sinus augmentation, sinus lifts add bone between your maxillary sinuses and the jaw. In order to make room for this added bone, the sinus needs to be brought up.
When Is It Needed?
You may be wondering why you would ever need a sinus lift procedure done. Typically, this procedure is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw to support a dental implant, however, there are several other times you may need one:
- If teeth have been missing from the upper jaw for some time, this could lead to a significant loss of bone.
- Gum disease or periodontal disease may cause bone to be lost in either the upper or lower jaw.
- Due to the anatomy of the skull, the upper jaw may have less bone than the lower jaw.
As more people get dental implants, sinus lifts have become more important procedure in preparing the patient for dental implants to be placed.
How The Procedure Is Done
Your oral surgeon will start by cutting open the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be. Several millimeters of bone are added above the jaw to raise the sinuses upward. Once the tissue is put back, implants can be placed four to nine months later, allowing the grafted material time to grow with the bone.
Speak With A Periodontist
Ultimately, every patient is different. Although most patients won’t need to have a sinus lift done before dental implants are placed, the board-certified periodontists at Pacific Northwest Periodontics will be straightforward and transparent about everything that needs to be done. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call today to get started.