Sinus Lift or Sinus Augmentation Clawson, MI
A sinus lift is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It's sometimes called a sinus augmentation. To make additional space for the bone, the sinus membrane needs to be moved upward, or "lifted," and the bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on the sides of your nose.
A sinus lift is necessary when there is too little bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw to allow for dental implants to be placed.
Sinus lifts have become increasingly common over the last 15 years, as more people need dental implants to replace missing teeth.
There are many reasons for a sinus lift to be performed:
- Tooth loss in the upper jaw — specifically the back teeth, or molars — which do not have enough bone for the implants to be placed.
- Bone may have been lost due to periodontal (gum) disease.
- Tooth loss may have caused a loss of bone, as well. Once teeth are gone, bone starts to be reabsorbed into the body.
- If teeth have been gone for a long period of time, frequently there not enough bone left to successfully place a dental implant.
- The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for a dental implant to be placed. The size & shape of this specific sinus varies between individuals and gets bigger throughout your lifetime.
If your dentist has recommended a sinus lift before your implants can be placed, call DaVinnci Dental for a consultation.