Sinus Lift and Dental Implants

Sinus lift procedure may be done in cases where bone is inadequate for placement of dental implants in the upper jaw posterior region.

Maxillary sinuses are air-filled cavities in the upper jaw. Severe bone loss can cause the floor of the maxillary sinus to lower and get close to gums. This leads to insufficient height of bone and dental implants cannot be placed. Therefore, before placing the implant screw, the sinus lining is “lifted” and either rhBMP-2 or a bone graft is tucked below the lining.

X-ray showing region in upper jaw with bone insufficient to place implants

X-ray showing region in upper jaw with bone insufficient to place implants

Sinus lift done and implants placed

Sinus lift done and implants placed

X-ray showing dental implants

X-ray showing dental implants

X-ray showing increased bone height after sinus lift and following prosthesis placement

X-ray showing increased bone height after sinus lift and following prosthesis placement

After placing ceramic crowns

After placing ceramic crowns

Following this, quantity of bone increases and the implant screw can be easily placed. Implant supported crown or bridge can then be fabricated to replace the missing tooth/teeth. Sinus lift is an easy, safe and predictable procedure done for increasing bone height for the insertion of a dental implant in the upper jaw.

Dr. S.M. Balaji excels at sinus lift implant procedures and performs several intricate cases with ease even under just local anesthesia.