I went to 2 implant dentists and both of them said that I need a sinus lift. I didn’t anticipate this. I have 3 missing upper teeth. They explained the whole thing to me. I just want to be sure that I was not misinformed. So my question is: When is a sinus lift necessary to receive dental implants? Thank you. Daneen
Daneen – When teeth are missing, your body resorbs your jawbone. When upper molar teeth are missing, in addition to jawbone resorption, your sinus cavity expands, leaving inadequate bone density for dental implants.
A sinus lift, or sinus augmentation, adds bone below the sinuses so that dental implants can be placed and properly supported. The bone can take four to twelve months to heal. After it’s completely healed, your dental implants can be placed. A sinus lift helps to ensure the success of your dental implants.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.