Why Do I Need a Sinus Lift Procedure Before Getting Implants?

Apr 12, 2024
Why Do I Need a Sinus Lift Procedure Before Getting Implants?
Getting dental implants may require a few procedures done beforehand, sinus lift surgery being one of them. Find out why a sinus lift might be necessary before dental implants.

Dental implants are a favorable solution that replaces missing teeth. They’re often chosen over alternative teeth replacement solutions such as dentures because implants are similar to natural teeth, allowing you to maintain optimal chewing and speech function. 

Implants are gaining popularity, so you may already be familiar with the process. However, you may not know about its sometimes necessary counterpart: sinus lifts. You may need a sinus lift to secure dental implants properly.

At Beaches Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, our team – led by Nodesh Shyamsunder, BDS, and Jasleen Raina, DDS — offers dental implants and the sinus lift surgery you may need beforehand. 

This month’s blog explains what a sinus lift is and why it’s performed.

Explaining sinus lifts

A sinus lift — also referred to as sinus augmentation — is a procedure used to make anchoring dental implants significantly easier. You need sufficient jawbone quantity and quality when you get dental implants. If you don’t have enough high-quality jawbone, our team must perform a sinus lift first. 

During sinus lift surgery, our team adds more bone between your molars and premolars. This procedure ensures your dental implants have enough surface area to fuse with and stay secure. 

Who needs a sinus lift?

If you have less than 4-6 mm of bone height in your upper jaw, we recommend going through a sinus lift before getting implants. Many things affect jawbone quantity and quality, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Large sinus cavities 
  • Periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Cancer

Even having a fragile jawbone can contribute to insufficient bone in your jaw. 

Whatever the reason, getting a sinus lift is the best course of action to ensure your dental implants last you a lifetime. 

What happens during a sinus lift?

Before you come in for your sinus lift surgery, make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward since we give you a sedative to help you feel comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.

After we’ve numbed the treatment area with an anesthetic and you feel relaxed from the sedative, our team goes in and makes a series of incisions so we can lift the sinus floor. We can then insert the bone graft before stitching up the incision sites so they can heal. 

Depending on the type of sinus lift you need, we can sometimes place the dental implants in the same surgery. However, in some cases, we need to wait until the surgical sites have healed. 

You most likely experience some swelling and bruising while you recover from sinus lift surgery, but as long as you follow all post-surgery instructions, the discomfort should be minimal. 

For more information on sinus lift surgery, call our office at 904-246-6714 or schedule an appointment online today.

What our patients are saying 
Dr. Raina has been an outstanding orthodontist for me! I needed upper and lower braces as an adult and she made the entire process a fantastic experience! The entire office staff is so kind, patient, and personable! Another plus is having my dentist, Dr. Nodesh, in the same office so cleanings and routine dental checkups could overlap on the same day as orthodontic appointments.
Rhonda J
I’ve been going here for nearly 35 years, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. The staff is very professional and friendly.
Will H.
Very friendly and collegial staff. Dr. Nodesh was very kind and explained me my treatment plan in detail. Highly recommended
Shilpa D
 Best most thorough and least pain giving dentist I’ve ever experienced. I am 74 years old, blessed with excellent teeth and am particular about them. The office is equipped with the latest medical equipment and accessories. If you are in the market for a new dentist, this is the place. 
Amos A.
Dr. Nodesh and his staff are great. I have never had a dentist who is more meticulous and committed to making sure everything is done correctly and looks great. Thanks Doc
Dorri K.
"I have been a long time patient of Beaches Dentistry. I HIGHLY recommend this practice. My experience includes both routine cleaning and checkups..."
"So kind, endlessly chatty (which I love), intelligent, funny, and engaging. They obviously love their jobs! And their attitude is infectious."
Win C.
"Dr Nodesh at Beaches Dentistry is amazing! He explains the treatment plan clearly and answers all questions before he commences. Never in a rush."
Nasrin R.
"I could not be happier thus far with my past 3 visits to Beaches Dental. Dr Nodesh has a relaxed, yet professional bedside manner."
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