Sinus augmentation of lift is a special form of bone augmentation. As a result of bone loss and an expanded maxillary sinus, the bone height in the maxillary posterior region is often so small that an implant cannot be inserted stably to an adequate length.
Sinus augmentation is the surgical elevation of the maxillary sinus mucosa (otherwise called sinus lift) and subsequent bone grafting and augmentation (sinus graft). This procedure is used to sufficiently increase the bone height so that dental implants can be safely anchored. Implants are usually placed after a healing period of 4 to 6 months.
In some cases a single-step procedure, in which implantation takes place at the same time as this specific bone augmentation may be possible. A two-step procedure is where implants are only inserted after an incorporation period of 4 to 6 months.
A sinus lift can also be described as internal or lateral:
In an lateral wall sinus lift, a bone window is created from the oral cavity through to the maxillary sinus. Via this access, the maxillary sinus mucosa (comparable to the inner membrane in an egg) is detached from the floor of the sinus and lifted upwards. Bone or bone augmentation material (allograft/xenograft/autogenous) is then placed in the resulting space under visual observation.
In an internal sinus lift, bone augmentation material (xenograft) is pressed under the maxillary sinus mucosa through the drill hole for the implant in the gum that will later be inserted. This makes it possible to use longer implants. Once again, a healing period of 3 to 4 months must be observed.
Dr See uses the latest treatments and cutting edge technology to simplify sinus augmentation procedures. This results in a comfortable process and can shorten treatment times.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.