Dr. Smith may recommend a sinus lift to provide supporting bone in the upper back jaw for implant placement. There are two types of sinus lifts, lateral and osteotome. When you come to our office for your consultation, our periodontist will thoroughly examine your mouth to determine which type of sinus lift procedure will be most effective for you.

When Sinus Lifts Are Necessary

When a tooth is lost, bone loss is the natural result. Your bone begins to resorb after your teeth have been lost or removed, and when teeth have been missing for long periods of time the lack of supporting bone tissue becomes a significant obstacle to successful implant placement. Periodontal disease may also contribute to the loss of supporting bone.

Sinus Lift Procedures

You may receive either a lateral or an osteotome sinus lift procedure based on your unique situation and oral health needs.

Lateral sinus lifts are the traditional procedure for a sinus lift. During this procedure, our periodontist will make an incision into your gum, and pull back the gum tissue to expose the lateral boney wall of the sinus. The membrane is separate from the bone and the bone graft material is placed. The gums are then sutured closed, and you will begin a healing period of 4-12 months.

The osteotome technique is a less invasive procedure. This type of sinus lift is typically performed when the sinus floor in your mouth needs to be lifted less than 4mm. Our periodontist will flap back your gum tissue and create a socket in the bone just short of the sinus membrane. The floor of the sinus is then lifted into the proper position. The goal of this type of sinus lift procedure is to stimulate bone growth and form a thicker sinus floor to support dental implants. In many cases, implants are placed at the same time as the sinus lift procedure and left to integrate with the bone over a period of 4-8 months.

If you have any questions about sinus lifts and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smith, please call our office today.