Dental Implants: Will I need a sinus lift?

Many patients can benefit from implant dentistry, getting a durable, long-lasting tooth replacement following tooth loss. However, dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone in order to be successful, so that the titanium implant can integrate fully with the jaw. This is the process that gives dental implants their stability.

Because bone loss often follows tooth loss, patients who postpone getting dental implants for some period of time may find that they are not immediately suitable candidates for the procedure. This is particularly true when the implant site is at the rear of the upper jaw. 

Many patients can benefit from implant dentistry, getting a durable, long-lasting tooth replacement following tooth loss. 

Bone loss progresses more quickly in the area of the jaw directly under the sinus cavity because the bone is thinner there. So, patients who want to take advantage of implant dentistry for the loss of teeth located under the sinuses may have to undergo a preliminary procedure that provides supplemental bone.

This surgery is called a sinus lift. The oral surgeon will insert donor bone, which can be obtained from the patient’s chin or hip, in the space immediately above the sinus floor, lifting the membrane at the sinus floor to make room for the additional bone. After the patient heals fully from the sinus lift procedure, adequate bone should be available to support the dental implant.

The sinus lift surgery may extend the treatment timeline for dental implants, but the procedure will reduce the risk of dental implant failure, so most patients find that a sinus lift is a beneficial intervention even if it delays dental implant placement.

If you are considering dental implants for missing teeth at the rear of the upper jaw, you may need to undergo a sinus lift before having the implants placed. As part of the dental implant planning process, the oral surgeon will evaluate the quality of bone at the targeted implant site, and you and the oral surgeons at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates can work together can plan for the most appropriate course of treatment, which may include a sinus lift.