A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw's posterior region, specifically in the area of the molars and premolars. The goal of a sinus lift is to create a more substantial and stable foundation of bone for dental implant placement in cases where there is insufficient bone height due to the presence of the maxillary sinus, a hollow air space located above the upper jaw.
Here's how a sinus lift works:
A sinus lift is typically performed when there is inadequate bone height in the upper jaw due to factors such as tooth loss, bone resorption, or the natural shape and position of the sinus. It is often done in preparation for dental implant placement, as implants require a certain amount of bone for stability and successful integration. The sinus lift procedure not only provides a solid base for dental implants but also helps prevent the implant from protruding into the sinus cavity, which could lead to complications.
After a sinus lift procedure, proper healing and follow-up care are crucial to ensure the success of the bone graft and the eventual placement of dental implants. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with specific post-operative instructions and monitor your healing progress.