Sinus lift surgery is a modern type of dental procedure that can help a wide range of dental patients today. The procedure itself simply involves adding bone to the upper jaw of the patient in the location of molars and premolars. The procedure is sometimes called a sinus augmentation. Bone is typically added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses. These are the sinuses that are situated on either side of the nose. In order to make room for the bone, the actual sinus membrane itself must be moved upward or effectively lifted.
This type of dental procedure is in most cases performed by a specialist or someone known as an oral surgeon or Periodontist. A sinus lift is used as a remedy when there is a lack of bone height in the upper jaw. It is also used if the sinuses are too close to the jaw preventing the successful placement of dental implants. When there is a lack bone for dental implants, a sinus lift is a great option. Anyone who has lost bone to periodontal gum disease or has experienced tooth loss because of trauma or injury is usually a good candidate for a sinus lift.
In addition, those who have lost teeth over time resulting in bone loss because of reabsorption can gain substantially from all that a modern sinus lift makes possible. Remember, if the maxillary sinuses are in close proximity to the upper jaw making it difficult to place implants, this type of surgery may be called for. Keep in mind that as people age their sinuses may tend to increase in size. This can be another reason where a sinus lift may be in order. Ultimately, talking with your Walnut Creek dentist, Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Dental Implant Solutions is the best way to know for sure if a sinus lift is indeed your best option.