Dental Implants

A sinus lift adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molar and premolar teeth. It’s sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or “lifted”.

Why do I need treatment?

If don’t have enough bone in your upper jaw for your surgeon to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, or your sinuses are too close to the jaw, a sinus lift can resolve the problem

What does the treatment involve?

The surgery takes place under local anaesthetic in the office or it can be performed in hospital under a general anaesthetic (asleep). It is performed from the inside of the mouth so there will be no visible scars.

The bone used in a sinus lift may come from your own body, a cow (eg Bio Oss) or can be purely synthetic. If your own bone is to be used it will be taken from other areas of your jawbone. You will usually need to wait three to six months for the grafted material to mesh with you bone before your implant can be positioned.

How will I feel after surgery?

You’re likely to experience a little discomfort after the procedure and there will also be some swelling. Cold compresses and sleeping upright for the first few days after surgery can help the healing process. You should also avoid blowing your nose or sneezing.

It’s important to avoid infection so you’ll be given antibiotics along with pain relieving medication to take at home. Your surgeon will also recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Will I need to take any time off work?

We recommend that you take a week off work and avoiding strenuous exercise during this time. It’s important that you don’t drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after a general anaesthetic.

Will I need another appointment?

Your surgeon will arrange an appointment for seven to 10 days after the surgery to evaluate the surgical site and possibly remove stitches.

Your surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure and possible outcomes before arranging for you to have surgery. You will also leave hospital with everything you need for further care. If you have any questions or concerns before or after your surgery, please contact the Oral Surgery Implant Group.