Bone Grafting

General description

Sinus lifts are indeed crucial in cases where there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw for dental implant placement. This surgical technique allows for the augmentation of bone in the molar and premolar areas, creating a more favourable environment for successful implantation.

The Purpose of a Sinus Lift is to add bone to the upper jaw in the area of molars and premolars and to create more space between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses. Often done when there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw or when the sinuses are too close to the sinus for dental implants.

Reasons for needing a sinus lift is because there is inadequate bone in the upper jaw, especially in the posterior region and this can be due to bone loss due to periodontal or gum disease or the absence of bone due to bone recession following a tooth extraction. Bone resorption occurs over time after tooth loss, reducing the available bone for implants and is common among individuals who have lost back teeth or molars in the upper jaw. 

Further variability in the size and shape of the maxillary sinus among individuals may require a sinus lift.
A sinus lift procedure consists of the sinus membrane being moved upward (lifted) to make room for the additional artificial bone.  This is typically performed by an oral and/or maxillofacial surgeon. Dr Attila Halasz has many years of experience in this procedure so you can be assured that you will be in safe hands.

Bone Grafting

Timing and Healing

The procedure is often performed simultaneously with dental implant placement. And the healing period of around 9 months is typically recommended to allow the artificial bone to integrate with the natural bone.

After healing, the final restoration, such as a dental crown, can be placed onto the implant and abutment.

Sinus lifts play a vital role in facilitating the success of dental implants, providing a stable foundation for long-term tooth replacement. Patients considering dental implants in the upper jaw should consult with their oral surgeon to determine whether a sinus lift is necessary for their specific case.

Bone Grafting Timing and Healing