What is a Sinus Lift?
When we lose our teeth in the upper posterior jaw, over time the bone resorbs often to the floor of the sinus. Lack of sufficient bone complicates our treatment options, especially if we require a dental implant treatment.
To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane is lifted through a small window and bone grafting material can be placed.
Sinus grafting procedures are a predictable and safe option, allowing an opportunity to build back our ability to chew, function properly and restore esthetics.
The three most common types of bone used in sinus lift surgeries are:
- Autogenous bone – bone from your own body
- Allogenic bone – bone from a cadaver
- Xenograph bone – bone from another species such as a cow
Often the bone graft is a mixture of some or all the above sources.
Sinus grafting may seem scary, the surgery itself can be performed with local anesthesia (freezing) or with dental sedation, the most common being Intravenous (IV) sedation.
Should you require this form of treatment, Dr. Lobb and his team would be pleased to discuss the options available and explain the procedure in greater detail.