FAQs About A Sinus Lift

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What is a sinus lift?

This is a type of bone grafting procedure that restores lost bone tissue to the upper jaw. It is also known as a sinus graft or a sinus augmentation.

Why do I need a sinus lift?

If you have had periodontal disease or tooth extractions, you may have suffered from bone loss in the jaw. A low bone density makes your jaw weaker and unable to support dental implants. If you want implants to restore missing teeth and improve your dental health, then a sinus lift may benefit you.

How does a graft work?

When we apply grafting material to the jaw, it will fuse and encourage the growth of new bone structure.

What is used for grafting material?

The best type of grafting material comes from your own body (autogenous bone) because it has living tissues that aid growth and healing. We can also use bone from cadavers (allogeneic bone) or from a cow (xenograft).

How is this surgery completed?

After injecting a local anesthetic, we will make an incision to gum tissue, exposing the bone. Our surgeon will gently lift the sinus floor to insert the grafting material between it and the jaw bone. We will then stitch together the gum tissue.

What can I expect after the surgery?

You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding after the procedure, but we will suggest antibiotics and medication for pain, congestion, and inflammation that help you fight infection and feel comfortable.

How long does integration take?

It will take about 4-9 months for the graft material to harden, bond, and grow. Your jaw will be able to support implants after this time.