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What Is a Sinus Lift and Why Do I Need One? | Camp Hill Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-84290141smallSinus lifts have become more popular when the demand for dental implants started to grow. They are common procedures that are not expected to affect the sinuses, breathing or cause allergies. The sinus augmentation procedure is one of the most successful bone grafting procedures that can be performed for dental patients. A sinus lift can be your best option for a successful dental implant.

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.

The obvious next question is: what does this procedure entail? The sinus augmentation procedure begins with an incision into the gum, after which the lateral wall of the sinus is exposed. The surgeon continues by cutting into the membrane covering the sinus and lifting that membrane to make room for the placement of the bone graft material. The bone graft can be taken from the patient (autogenous), from a tissue bank (allogenic) or it can be made from synthetic materials. 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 to 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’re interested in learning more about sinus lift surgery, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at for more information regarding sinus lift procedures.

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