Sinus Lift

A sinus lift, is a procedure used to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw before dental implant restoration surgery. Often, the roots of a person's teeth extend into the maxillary sinuses, which are located above the upper teeth. When a tooth is removed, sometimes only a thin base of bone remains between the sinus and the mouth. Since implants must be anchored firmly into the patient's jaw, a lack of sufficient bone structure can make dental implant surgery problematic.

During the sinus lift procedure, Dr. Leaderman enters the sinuses at the point where the tooth has been removed and "lifts" the sinus membrane to create room for a bone graft.  A bone graft is then placed into the new space.  It usually will take 4 – 6 months for the bone to heal before Dr. Leaderman can place the dental implants.

It there is at least 5mm of bone under the sinus, the sinus can be moved without a bone graft, and the dental implant can be placed at the same time.