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What is a Sinus Lift and How You Can Benefit from It

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What is a Sinus Lift and How You Can Benefit from ItA sinus lift is a special procedure that may be recommended if you do not have enough bone in the upper jaw so an implant can be added. It may also be recommended if the sinus is positioned too close to the jawbone, making implant surgery impossible.

Getting a Sinus Lift

Also known as a sinus augmentation, a sinus lift represents a surgical procedure that increases the bone in the maxilla or upper jaw between the premolars and molars. This space spans the area between the jaw and upper sinuses on either side of the nose. To make room for more bone, the sinus membrane has to be lifted. Bone loss in the maxilla can happen for various reasons. For example, you may experience bone loss if you have or had periodontal disease, or some of the teeth in your upper jaw, especially the molars, are missing. Reabsorption of the bone, because of tooth loss, also lead to the need for a sinus augmentation. Again, if the maxillary sinus is too close to the jawbone, you will need to have it repositioned. Sinus lifts are common among patients wanting to get implants to replace missing teeth.

Sourcing the Bone for a Sinus Lift

Before a sinus lift is performed, we need to determine where we will get the bone for the lift. The 3 most common types of bones sourced include autogenous bone (bone from a patient's body), allogenic bone (or bone from a cadaver), and xenograft (bone from a cow). If we source autogenous bone, it may be extracted from the hip or the bone beneath the knee, known as the tibia. After we identify the bone source, we will take x-rays to review the jaw and sinus. A CT scan may be taken so we can measure the height and width of the bone and assess the sinus.

Do you plan to get implants and have been told you need a sinus lift? If so, call us with any inquiries. The more you know about the surgery, the easier it will be to go ahead with you plans to have implants placed in the upper jaw.
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