A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, is a dental procedure that adds bone to the molar and premolar areas in the upper jaw to accommodate a dental implant. Some mouths do not have sufficient bone height to allow an implant, especially in the case of severe gum disease or the loss of a tooth. In this situation, our dentist, Dr. Bryce Darden, may recommend that bone be added between the upper jaw and the maxillary sinuses located on either side of your nose. During the process of a sinus lift, our dentists gently lift the sinus membrane up and away from your jaw. The vacant area is then filled with bone-graft material—usually several millimeters’ worth. The bone-graft material may be taken from your body, as this typically generates the best results, but we can also use artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank.
Following the procedure, you may experience mild swelling. The healing period for a sinus lift can last anywhere from four months to nine while the bone-graft material meshes with the natural bone. When the area is fully healed, we will place the dental implant in the vacant portion of you smile. If you are in need of restorative dental work to preserve the health and functionality of your mouth, we encourage you to contact Darden DDS to find out if you would benefit from a sinus lift in Glendora, California.