January 1, 2023

What Is a Sinus Lift?

sinus liftIf you want dental implants, your dentist may mention a sinus lift. Sinus lifts help provide a solid bone base for dental implants by encouraging bone growth. While sinus lifts aren't necessary for all implants, some areas of the mouth (like the upper back jaw) can benefit from added bone structure. 


Here, we discuss what to expect from a sinus lift, how a sinus lift can improve your chances of dental implant success, and what to expect from recovery post-procedure. 

Explaining a Sinus Lift

While a sinus lift sounds similar to a facelift, the process is somewhat different. During a sinus lift, your dentist cuts a small circle into the bone of your upper jaw. Then, they raise that circle of bone higher into your face, moving the floor of your sinuses to make room for added bone growth. Bone graft materials are then added to the remaining space and are allowed to heal. 


Sometimes, your dentist can place the dental implant simultaneously while performing the sinus lift. However, in some cases, the sinus lift may need to heal for four months to a year to promote bone and tissue growth. This healing ensures that any dental implants have a secure base. 


Sinus lifts can be helpful for patients with bone density loss or other complications to their jaw structure. They can also allow for dental implants in areas of the jaw that are notoriously thin or require additional support for implants. 


Why Do You Need a Sinus Lift?

Suppose you have deep sinuses too close to your jaw or have suffered from bone loss due to periodontal disease, other medical conditions, or general jaw deterioration after tooth loss. In that case, a sinus lift may benefit your dental health. 


Dental implants use your existing jawbone as an anchor. However, if your jaw is shallow or you have bone loss, that anchor may have issues staying secure. Sinus lifts allow dentists to rebuild part of your upper jaw, allowing dental implants and staving off potential problems like implant rejections. 


What Is the Cost of a Sinus Lift?

A sinus lift can range in cost depending on the kind of bone graft materials used, insurance coverage, and local dentistry costs. Depending on external factors, a sinus lift may cost anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000. Be sure to talk with your dentist about potential costs and complications associated with a sinus lift and any payment options available. 


What Does Sinus Lift Recovery Look Like?

Sinus lift recovery can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months to heal fully; however, within a few days, you should be able to resume normal activities. Soreness and bleeding are expected after a sinus lift, but if you have ongoing, persistent pain or signs of infection like a bad taste or smell in your mouth, swelling, or sharp pain, contact your dental team immediately. Follow all dental recommendations after surgery, including taking any prescribed medication and avoiding sneezing or blowing your nose.


To find out more about sinus lift or sinus augmentation surgery, contact Washington Periodontics today at (571) 568-8694. You can also request an appointment online. Our periodontal professionals are happy to provide you with the best dental care possible and work diligently to keep you informed on all treatment options available. 


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