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Would You Benefit from a Sinus Lift?


Posted on 1/30/2017 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
A man suffering from a missing tooth.
A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure that increases the amount of bone mass in your upper jaw. The procedure gets its name due to the fact that your sinus membrane needs to be lifted up in order to accommodate the new bone.

It is usually done because the sinuses are too close together or because you have suffered a significant amount of bone loss. How do you know if a sinus lift is right for you?

How is a Sinus Lift Done?

A sinus lift requires a bone graft. The bone is usually taken from somewhere else in your body, although donor material can be used as well. After your anesthesia, your gums are cut open to expose the areas where more mass is needed. The donor bone (whether it is your own or from someone else) is then placed where the sinus used to be. Finally, your gums are sutured closed.

Missing Teeth

When you lose your teeth, your bone starts to deteriorate. This is because the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone and tell your body to send nutrients to keep it strong. No roots mean no stimulation. Because of this, your jaw receives less nutrients, and therefore loses mass. If you were to want implants to replace missing teeth, the bone may not be strong enough to support them, and would result in implant failure.

Sinus Issues

If your sinuses are too close to your upper jaw, you may experience complications with dental implants as well. The length of the titanium rod may pierce into the sinus cavity. This can result in serious complications, such as a chronic sinus infections. The sinus lift will add bone mass and raise up the sinus cavity, providing enough space between the implant and the cavity itself.

A sinus lift procedure is usually done if you are planning on having implants placed. Contact our office to discuss the risks and benefits and find out if the procedure is right for you.


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