A sinus lift is surgery is procedure to add bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It is also called a sinus augmentation. The synthetic bone powder is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has “lifted.”
A sinus lift is needed in a patient who is not having enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed.
After the procedure, you may have some swelling of the area. You may bleed from your mouth or nose. Do not blow your nose or sneeze forcefully.
We will prescribe medicine to prevent congestion and inflammation. You also will be given pain relieving medicine, antibiotics, decongestants and an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection. Most patients have only a little discomfort after a sinus-lift procedure.
You will see us after 7 to 10 days. We will evaluate the surgical site and remove stitches if they will not dissolve on their own. You might be asked to return a few more times to make sure the area is healing.
After a sinus lift, you need to wait several months for the bony material to harden and integrate with your jaw. Depending on the grafting material used, if not placed at the time of surgery, implants may be placed in four to nine months.
In some cases we can use Platelet-rich fibrin(PRF), which contains the growth factors. PRF is taken from your blood before surgery and mixed with the graft that is placed into your sinus. This will enhance healing process.
The main risk of a sinus lift is that the sinus membrane could be punctured or torn. If the membrane is torn during the procedure, We will either stitch the sinus tear or place a patch over it. If the repair is not possible, we may stop the procedure and give the hole time to heal.
We can redo the sinus lift once the membrane has healed. This usually takes a few months. A healed membrane tends to be thicker and stronger, which means a second attempt at a sinus lift is likely to be successful.
Infection is a risk of any surgical procedure. However, this rarely occurs after sinus lifts.
After a sinus lift, contact us if: