What is a sinus lift?

Inside your posterior maxilla (top jaw), there is a hollow structure called the maxillary sinus. A sinus lift is a delicate procedure that is used to increase the amount of bone height in your maxilla by elevating the sinus membrane and packing bone underneath it. This allows bone to form and it increases the amount of bone height available for a dental implant.

Does everybody need a sinus lift?

No. A sinus lift is done only when a patient is missing adequate bone height in the posterior maxilla. Most people do not need a sinus lift, but Drs. Hall and Sy will discuss this with you during your consultation visit and will formulate a customized treatment plan specifically for you.

Do I need to be put to sleep for a sinus lift?

There are many ways to help make sure sinus lift surgery is safe, stress free and comfortable. Sinus lift surgery is most commonly done under local anesthesia or in combination with either oral sedation/nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation. In general, most people do not need to be put to sleep for this procedure, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each option and Drs. Hall and Sy will discuss this with you thoroughly and make sure all your questions are answered during the consultation visit.

What happens after a sinus lift?

We will wait 4-6 months for the bone to solidify after the sinus lift. After that, we will re-evaluate the amount of bone available and an implant can usually be placed at that time.

Is there anything special I need to do after a sinus lift?

Yes, please refer to our sinus precautions in English and Spanish.