To make enough room in the jawbone to install a dental implant
A sinus lift is a surgery intended to raise the sinus floor and develop enough bone to successfully place long-term dental implants. In order to make room for that bone between your jaw and sinuses, your sinus membrane first needs to be “lifted” out of the way.
Our periodontist, Dr. Andrew Carmosino, is trained to perform sinus lifts and takes care of them in-house. In rare instances, you may be referred to an oral surgeon if your case requires additional care.
Sinus Lifts are Common Procedures
Sinus lifts have become a normal part of restorative dentistry, and the annual number of procedures continues to increase.
Depending on each patient’s unique circumstances, there are a few methods to perform a sinus lift, but the most typical process starts by making an incision to expose the bone. A small oval is then cut from the bone and carefully lifted into the sinus cavity, and the space below is filled in with bone graft material designed to regenerate lost tissue.
The incision is then closed with stitches, and a few months of recovery are required before implants can be placed. Usually, the area has healed enough to support implants within 4 months to a year.
Your doctor will see you again about a week after surgery to remove any leftover stitches and take a close look at the surgery site. From there, you’ll work together to develop a game plan and timeline of when you can expect to place your implants.
Common Questions Answered About Sinus Lifts
Are sinus lifts painful?
Post-surgery swelling and mild bleeding are common, but your doctor will prescribe any necessary medications to keep you comfortable throughout the healing process. Most people do not experience more than mild discomfort after a sinus lift.
If you experience persistent bleeding, swelling, or discomfort lasting more than a few days, contact your surgeon/periodontist right away.