A sinus-lift procedure is a surgical procedure, to augment bone mass in the top jaw (maxilla), which increases the likelihood of successful placement of dental implants.
A sinus lift, sometimes called a sinus augmentation, is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars to make it taller. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or “lifted.”
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed.
One important reason of why you would need a sinus lift is that the maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed. The shape and the size of this sinus varies among individuals. In addition, the sinus can get larger as you age.
Sinus lifts have become common over the past 15 years as more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth.
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Last updated: Apr 06, 2017 11:41 am