A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed in the upper jaw to increase the amount of bone available for dental implant placement. The process involves lifting the sinus membrane and adding bone graft material to the area between the jawbone and the maxillary sinuses, air-filled spaces above the upper teeth. At First Smile Family Dental, by increasing the available bone volume, a sinus lift creates a favorable environment for implant placement, enabling individuals to restore their missing teeth and regain dental function.
The Procedure for Sinus Lift
The primary purpose of a sinus lift is to create additional bone height in the upper jaw to accommodate dental implants. The maxillary sinuses above the upper jaw often occupy space where the bone should be, making it inadequate for implant placement. The procedure involves accessing the sinus cavity through the side of the jawbone near the premolar and molar areas. The sinus membrane is carefully lifted upward, and a bone graft material is placed beneath it to create a space for new bone growth. The bone graft material can be synthetic, obtained from a tissue bank, or harvested from the patient's body.
During the sinus lift procedure, bone grafting is a critical step. The bone graft material is a scaffold for new bone growth, stimulating the body's natural healing process. Over time, the graft material integrates with the existing bone, increasing its height and volume.
After the sinus lift procedure, a healing period of several months is typically required. The bone graft material integrates with the surrounding bone during this time, and new bone formation occurs. The length of the healing period may vary depending on the individual patient's healing ability and the quality of the bone graft. Once the newly regenerated bone has matured and become stable, dental implants can be placed into the augmented area of the upper jaw. The dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots and provide a stable foundation for prosthetic teeth, such as dental crowns or bridges.
The Benefits of Sinus Lift Procedures
Enhanced Implant Success
By increasing the bone in the upper jaw, a sinus lift provides a solid foundation for dental implant placement, improving the chances of implant success.
Restored Chewing Function
Dental implants placed in the augmented area of the upper jaw provide stability and strength for biting and chewing, allowing patients to enjoy a wide range of foods without difficulty.
Sinus lift procedures enable the placement of dental implants and the subsequent attachment of prosthetic teeth, which restore the appearance of a natural smile and facial structure.
Sinus lifts are typically recommended for individuals who have experienced bone loss in the upper jaw due to tooth loss, periodontal disease, trauma, or the natural shape and position of the sinuses. For more information about sinus lift, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.