Have you been told that you need a sinus lift to be able to have dental implant treatment? In this blog, we answer the most frequently asked questions surrounding the sinus lift procedure, so that you can be more informed about your treatment!
What Is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure carried out by either a trained periodontist or dentist to add additional bone into your upper jaw. This treatment is required in cases where there is not enough room for dental implants. There are sinuses on either side of the nose (known as maxillary). Bone graft material can be added under the sinus to increase the available bone height. This procedure can also be called a ‘sinus augmentation’.
Why Would I Need A Sinus Lift?
If you are thinking about having dental implants, you may require a sinus lift to create enough space for the successful placement of the implants. This procedure will be required in the following situations:
- There is not enough room above the premolar and molar due to the structure of the head
- If you’ve had missing teeth for an extended period and the localised bone has ‘shrunk’. This is also known as bone resorption.
- If periodontal disease has caused loss of bone
- The sinuses can get larger, meaning there could be less space to place implants
What Are the Associated Risks with a Sinus Lift?
We always carry out all of our treatments carefully and thoroughly to ensure that any risks are minimal. Although uncommon, there is still a small risk of infection with the sinuses or gums; however, we closely monitor our patients after treatment to ensure that they are healing correctly.
This dental implant treatment programme Includes:
- Full Consultation
- CT Scan (If Required)
- Sinus Lift (If Required)
- Implant Placement
- Intra-Venous Sedation (If Required)
- Teeth Whitening
- Final Restoration
- Oral Hygiene Programme
- Follow Up & Maintenance Programme
Will a Sinus Lift Be Suitable for Me?
Most implant cases will not require sinus lift treatment, but at your FREE consultation, your Ascent Dental Care dentist will advise if this procedure is necessary.