Posted on Sep 23, 2022

Forest & Ray - Dentists, Orthodontists, Implant Surgeons

Sinus Lift: a rare oral surgical procedure, sinus lifts are performed only on the upper jaw and on the teeth near the sinus cavity. If an upper canine has been missing for a long time, the tissue between the sinuses and the oral cavity will become thinner and unable to house a dental implant. In these cases, the dental implants may actually poke out into the sinus cavity. This is unhealthy and potentially dangerous, leading to a higher risk of infections. This is where a sinus lift comes in. It is the surgical augmentation of the sinuses, making them somewhat smaller and providing a layer where the dental implant can be housed in.

The procedure is fairly simple. It takes roughly 45 minutes and involves invasive oral surgery. One of the upper quadrants will be opened while you are under local anesthesia. After that, your dentist will insert some bone grafting material into the bottom of the sinus cavity, which will later integrate and make your bone grow and strengthen. The entire area will be sewn shut, and you will be left to heal for around six months (healing times are between three months and a year).
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