Sinus Lift
A sinus lift is an advanced procedure that is offered by your Woodland Hills cosmetic dentists. It is also referred to as a sinus augmentation or sinus graft and is a periodontics procedure that deals directly with the maxillary sinus.

Why Would I Need a Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are typically performed in order to provide a stable area for a dental implant to be placed. Dental implants are a growing procedure designed to replace missing teeth and offer the best function and aesthetics of real teeth.

A sinus lift is only necessary for placing dental implants into the upper back jaw where the molars reside. Our anatomy gives way to an upper jaw that does not have as much bone as our lower jaw, which is why procedures such as a sinus lift are effective. Other factors such as periodontal disease, unexpected facial trauma, or tooth extractions may also alter the structure of a patient’s jawbone.

Sinus lifts are not always necessary for dental implants. Other areas of the mouth may already be eligible for a dental implant without requiring a sinus lift.

What is the Procedure Like?

Most people who are missing teeth in their upper jaw do not have enough bone to support a dental implant, which is when a sinus lift surgery is recommended. Your sinus lift surgeons in Woodland Hills have perfected a technique known as a lateral sinus lift in which bone can be grafted into the space where the upper jaw and maxillary sinus meet. Grafted bone is typically taken from your body as it is the safest source, but if needed then other sources exist.

The grafted bone will take a period of up to a year for a successful regeneration in which you will now be able to receive a dental implant in order to restore and replace any missing teeth in the upper jaw.

During the procedure, you will be under a controlled sedative so that you will have a comfortable experience – an aspect we truly care about for all of our patients here at Mint Dental Group. Following your procedure, your dentist will thoroughly explain any post-op protocol that must be followed in order to decrease your chances of any complications occurring.

Your Woodland Hills cosmetic dentists will be able to determine if your mouth and jaw are properly structured to support a dental implant. Contact us today @ 818-716-0297 or fill out our convenient online form for a consultation or if you have any questions or concerns.

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