Sinus Lift

Sinus Lift

Sinus Lift Specialist in Chicago, IL

Some patients don’t have enough bone to support dental implants. But with the advances in modern dentistry, oral surgeons are trained to perform a procedure that corrects this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone durable enough to retain implants. This procedure is called a sinus lift. 

Millennium Park Oral Surgery surgeons have years of experience successfully performing sinus lifts to prepare patients for additional surgical procedures. Although a complex treatment, it prepares you to receive long-lasting tooth replacements.  

What Is A Sinus Lift? 

A sinus lift, also called a sinus augmentation, is a procedure that creates room in your mouth for a bone graft before placing dental implants. The upper jaw contains empty, air-filled cavities below the eye and adjacent to the nose, called the sinuses. These spaces have a thin membrane covering the bone within the sinus. 

During a sinus augmentation, this lining is lifted to make room for bone grafting materials and a dental implant. It can be completed with an implant insertion or as a separate treatment.   

You may need a sinus lift before implant placement for one of the following reasons: 

  • Maxillary sinuses are too close to the jaw 
  • Bone loss due to missing teeth or periodontal disease
  • Untreated tooth decay that spreads to the bone and weakens it
  • Medical conditions 

When you have a sinus lift at Millennium Park Oral Surgery, it becomes possible for you to be a candidate for dental implants when, previously, your only other option was dentures. 

Benefits Gained From a Sinus Lift 

Many persons who have lost their upper back teeth don’t have enough bone density to support implants. Sinus lift procedures offer the possibility of creating sufficient bone under the sinus to place dental implants. 

Bone grafting material is added between your jaw and the sinuses, stimulating the production of more bone. After a healing period, you can proceed with your restorations or additional surgical procedures. The timeframe for healing varies between patients but ranges from 6-12 months.

The Sinus Lift Procedure 

A sinus lift is often performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia and is typically painless. Your Millennium Park Oral Surgery surgeon will make an incision in the gum and create a window in the bone. Your sinus is gently lifted and separated from the jaw while bone grafting material is tightly packed beneath it. An implant can be placed simultaneously when 3mm of additional bone height is needed.

Dissolvable stitches are often used to close the gum tissue after placing the grafting material. You may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment seven days post-op so your surgeon can check the site and ensure proper healing.   

Risks Associated With a Sinus Lift 

Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with a sinus lift. Some of those risks include:  

  • Tearing or puncturing a sinus membrane
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reaction
  • Existing bone not integrating with bone grafting material
  • Temporary inflammation of the membranes in your nose and sinuses
  • Tissue or nerve damage

Before treatment, your Millennium Park Oral Surgery surgeon will review these risks and answer any questions. But you can trust that we take every precaution to reduce the chances of these risks affecting the outcome of your sinus lift.  

Prepare For Your Implants With a Sinus Lift at Millennium Park Oral Surgery 

The first step towards your successful dental implant surgery may be having a sinus lift. Contact Millennium Park Oral Surgery today to learn more about this procedure or to schedule your consultation. 


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