A sinus lift procedure—also called sinus augmentation—involves adding bone to the upper jaw near the back teeth (molars). It is typically done when there is not enough bone in the jaw, or when the sinuses are too close to the jaw. This could be due to a number of causes:
- If a person has lost molars in the past, the body may have reabsorbed the supporting bones in the jaw, and there may not be enough bone to support replacement tooth implants
- Bone may have been lost due to periodontal (gum) disease
- The sinus cavity just above the jaw may be too large to allow for implants
This procedure has become more common in the last 15 years as more people have received tooth implants.
Sinus Lift Procedure
Before the surgery, a small piece of bone may need to be removed from somewhere else in the body (often in the hip or lower leg), or it may be taken from a cadaver. X-rays may need to be taken around the upper jaw to determine the size of the existing bone and the health of the sinuses.
The procedure involves opening a circular window in the gum and bone where the molars used to be. The sinus membrane is gently pushed upwards, and the bone granules are inserted into the space. Once the bone is in place, the area is stitched closed. Implants can be placed four to nine months afterwards.
Schedule a Sinus Lift with Stoner Periodontic Specialists
Dr. Jason C. Stoner and Dr. Daniel Murphy perform sinus lift surgery at their Dublin and New Albany offices in Columbus, Ohio. Please call (614) 889-8222 or click here to schedule an online appointment.