A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars.
What are Sinus Lifts treatments?
A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It’s sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation. 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.” This is a surgical procedure commonly carried out with either local anaesthetic or sedation. A variety of bone grafting materials or substitutes can be used following lifting of the membrane. These include a patient’s own bone (autogenous), bone from another human (allograft), bone from an animal source (commonly bovine and porcine and referred to as Xenografts) or synthetic materials (allografts). There are two main ways to achieve a sinus lift a ‘closed’ lift and an ‘open lift’. A closed lift can be used when only a small amount of bone height regeneration is required and is often carried out at the same time as placing a dental implant. An open lift is required when a larger volume of bone regeneration is required.