Sometimes called a sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. The procedure has become more common during the last 15 years, as more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth.
The added bone is placed between a patient’s jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of the nose. The sinus membrane has to be ‘lifted’ or moved upward to make room for the bone. The procedure is required when the sinuses are too close to the jaw or when there isn’t enough bone height in the upper jaw, for dental implants to be placed.
Following a sinus lift, patients need to wait several months for the bony material to integrate with the jaw, which may take four to nine months, depending on the grafting material used.
Patients may experience swelling in the area following the procedure, and will see Dr. Attaran seven to ten days after surgery. At that point, she will evaluate the surgical site and remove stitches if they will not dissolve on their own. Patients may be asked to return a few more times to make sure the area is healing properly.