The Maxillary Sinus is an air-filled space, which is located above the posterior teeth of the upper jaw, lying next to your nose and underneath your eyes.
The Sinus Lift procedure is performed when there is extreme bone loss or insufficient amount of bone in the posterior region of the maxilla, thus providing larger area of bone to allow Implants to be placed.
A small window will be opened from the gum tissue to gain access into the sinus floor; then the delicate membrane that lines the Sinus Floor will be pushed up and a Bone Graft will be placed in. A protective barrier (collagen membrane) may be placed and secured with sutures. It takes about three to six months for the sinus augmentation bone to become part of the patient’s natural sinus floor bone.
Depending on your situation, implants may be placed in the same visit or after your bone has healed and integrated with your natural jawbone.
In cases where bone loss around the sinus isn’t high enough to require a Sinus Lift, a Sinus Tap would be recommended as a less invasive, less time-consuming procedure that requires less recovery time.
If you have lost a significant amount of bone, our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon will discuss what options would be best for you to restore your bite and create your dream smile.