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Sinus Augmentation / Lift

Method of adding bone to your upper jaw to support the placement of dental implants

What is a sinus lift?

Has your dentist told you that you need a sinus lift? If so, then you are not alone. 1 in every 5 people will need a sinus lift before their dental implants can be inserted.

A sinus lift, referred to also as a “sinus floor augmentation procedure”, is a method of adding bone to your upper jaw. This is needed to support the placement of dental implants in cases where there is insufficient bone to hold the implants in place.

Patients who have lost teeth in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw often require a sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, in order to have dental implants placed. This can be due to circumstances in which the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally beings to shrink over time, the roots of the teeth were originally positioned either very close to or within the sinus cavity, or the vertical height of the bone is not sufficient enough to support an implant. As a result of bone loss, the sinuses can expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. With insufficient bone to securely place a dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus away from the roots of the teeth or to create additional bone in the area.

Why do I need a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is performed when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw to allow room for dental implants. This happens when the maxillary sinus, which naturally grows larger with age, is too close to the upper jaw for implants to be used.

You will most likely need a sinus-lift procedure if you lost your teeth a long time ago. Once teeth are lost, bone atrophy begins. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there is often not enough bone left to place implants, in which case a sinus lift procedure is needed.

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