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.

Sinus tap is a less invasive procedure than the sinus lift, requiring less surgery time and allowing a faster recovery.
During your consultation with our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and depending on the amount of bone loss, it will be discussed which option better suits your case in order to achieve the dream smile you have been waiting for and restore the functionality to your bite.