What is a sinus lift you ask? A sinus lift is surgery that is done to add bone to your upper jaw to support dental implants. This procedure becomes necessary when there isn’t enough bone height in the upper back jaw, where your molars and premolars are, and your teeth need replacing with dental implants.
Over time the sinuses have a tendency to grow, which can lead to insufficient bone height. Bone loss in that that area can also occur due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, in which case you may not have enough bone to place dental implants and will need a sinus lift.
This procedure is done by adding a bone grafting material to the area between your jaw and maxillary sinuses to promote bone growth. However, before the adding the bone grafting material, your oral surgeon or periodontist has to make room for the bone by moving the sinus membrane upward or by “lifting” it, hence the name sinus lift. After the procedure there is 6-9 month healing period before you can have dental implants placed.
Sinus lift surgery can increase your chances of successful dental implants that can last a lifetime. If you would like to learn more about the sinus lifts, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
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