Sinus Lifts are very common and routine procedure in our office. Sinus Lifts are not expected to affect your sinuses, breathing or allergies. Techniques and materials used for this procedure have steadily improved over time, making the Sinus Lift one of the most successful and predictable bone grafting procedures performed in the mouth.
What is Sinus Lift Surgery?
Sinus lift surgery is a procedure to add more bone to your upper jaw around the region of molars and premolars. You may also hear this procedure called a sinus augmentation.
The bone is added in between your upper jaw and your sinuses which are located on either side of your nose. In order to make room for the graft, the sinus membrane has to be ‘lifted’ out of the way, creating a gap which can then be filled with a bone graft.
Why is a Sinus Lift Necessary?
Often there is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw, particularly when the sinuses are too close to the jawbone as the bone does tend to be thinner in this region simply due to the anatomy of the skull.
If you require dental implants, then you will need to have a certain amount of height and width of healthy bone in this area to fully support the implants so they can integrate with your bone and will be firmly anchored in place.
Someone who lost their teeth quite some time ago may well lack bone in this area as once teeth are removed the bone does begin to reabsorb. Bone can also be lost due to periodontal disease (gum disease), which is a common cause of tooth loss. In addition, sinuses can become larger with age, exacerbating this problem.
What to Expect During Sinus Lift Surgery
Over the past few years sinus lift surgery has become increasingly common, so this procedure is nothing to be concerned about. We can use bone from your own body for the graft, or alternatively we might use an artificial bone that will integrate extremely well with your natural bone and which encourages the growth of new bone.
X-rays and a CT scan are taken prior to surgery so we can see the shape of the sinus cavities and can plan surgery accordingly. The CT scan is particularly useful as it shows a 3D image of your jaw, showing exactly where all the important structures are located.
During the surgery, we will cut into the gum tissue to expose the bone before creating a very small window in the bone. This enables us to access the sinus membrane so it can be lifted out of the way.
Next, the bone graft material is packed into the empty space and the gum is replaced so the area can heal. After a sinus lift you may need to wait several months before the implant can be placed, but if only a tiny amount of material is required then we may be able to insert the implant during the same surgical procedure.
For more information about Sinus Lift Surgery talk to our top periodontists, best specialists Dr. Daniel Royzman and Dr. Daria Royzman or contact our Manhattan, NYC center:
D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C.
57 W 57th St #605
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 759-7763