Ryan C. Swigert, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
River Rock Oral Surgery, LLC
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift procedure is one of the most common treatments offered to patients who are missing teeth in the upper jaw and are interested in restoring the lost teeth with a bone graft for dental implant placement. At River Rock Oral Surgery & Dental implant Center, Dr. Ryan Swigert offers the sinus lift procedure to increase the height and width of bone available in the upper jaw, to allow for dental implant replacement of teeth. This procedure can be utilized for some patients who would not otherwise be candidates for implants due to lack of natural bone in the upper jaw.
Am I a Candidate for a Sinus Lift Procedure?
A sinus lift may be necessary if you:
are missing more than one tooth in the back of your jaw.
are missing a significant amount of bone in the back of your jaw.
are missing teeth due to a birth defect or condition.
are missing most of the upper (maxillary) teeth, but require support for dental implants.
How is this Procedure Accomplished?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Swigert will perform a thorough oral examination and x-ray evaluation of your teeth and jaws. He will develop a specialized plan for sinus lifting and present you with your options for sedation during the procedure.
Typically, to perform a sinus lift procedure, a small incision is made in the premolar or molar region to expose the jaw bone. a small opening is cut into the bone, and the membrane lining the sinus is pushed upward. The underlying space is filled with bone grafting materail. After the bone graft is placed, the incision is sutured, and the surgical site begins to heal. The bone fuses with the patient's natural jaw bone and dental implants can be inserted into the stronger and more abundant bone. If enough bonebetween the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure.
With the sinus lift procedure, many patients who were once told that they were not candidates for dental implant placement can now receive implant restoration. If you are interested in learning your options for bone grafting, including sinus lift procedure, we welcome you to contact our office for an initial consultation with Dr. Swigert.