Sinus Lift in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
A sinus lift can reduce the size of the sinus cavity and strengthen the bone for dental implants.
In many cases, enlarged sinus cavities can make it difficult to place dental implants in the upper jawbone. A sinus lift can shrink the sinus cavity and provide more bone to anchor the implants in place.
Candidates for a Sinus Lift
For patients considering one or more dental implants in the upper jaw, but who may not have enough existing bone mass to support the procedure, a sinus lift can resolve the issue. The maxillary sinuses run through the skull in that area, creating a hollow which often cannot support dental implants. Bone loss often exacerbates the problem. Sinus lift surgery reinforces the bone in the region, allowing implants to be placed securely.
The Sinus Lift Procedure
A sinus lift is accomplished by carefully loosening the soft tissues of the sinus away from the bone and filling in the resulting space with a bone graft, shrinking the sinus cavity and widening the bone. Over the past 15 years, sinus lifts have become more common, and can greatly improve the chances of a successful implant procedure.
During a sinus lift, the gum tissue where the upper back teeth used to be is opened and the bone is exposed. A small portion of the bone will be removed, forming a small window. The membrane lining the sinus is then gently pushed up and away from the jaw.
During the surgery, bone will be added to the upper jaw around the molars and premolars. Bone graft material may also be added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, on both sides of the nose. After the extra bone material has been added, the gum tissue will be closed with small stitches.
The length of the surgery depends on the amount of bone needed for implants. Over a period of four to nine months, the bone graft material will fuse and mesh with the natural bone, after which dental implants can be placed.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.