What Are Sinuses?

What Are Sinuses?

What Are Sinuses?

The sinuses are large, empty air spaces which lie underneath your cheekbones.

The size of these air spaces vary from person to person, and the roots of the upper back teeth can lie in close relation to the sinuses, especially if the sinuses are large.

Why would you need a sinus lift?

Why would you need a sinus lift?

Why would you need a sinus lift?

When upper back teeth are extracted, the sinus generally tends to enlarge downwards, which can mean that following tooth extractions you may end up with insufficient bone to place an implant.

If that is the case, the lost bone can be replaced by means of a bone grafting procedure called a ‘sinus lift’.

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Sinus Lift
Sinus Lift

Sinus Lift

The procedure involves placing an artificial bone material in the very lowest part of the sinus. This artificial bone material is then left to mature and solidify over 6 months before it is ready to receive a dental implant.

Sinus Lift Procedure
Sinus Lift Procedure

Sinus Lift Procedure

The area is numbed and then the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be is gently raised to expose the bone underneath.

A small, oval window is then opened into the sinus.

The sinus is lined by a thin membrane which is gently separated from the sinus cavity to create space for the bone graft. After the bone grafting material has been put in place, stitches are then used to close the tissues.

After Treatment
After Treatment

After Treatment

Generally 6 months is allowed for the graft to mature after which time your implants will be placed.

Before Treatment Pictures
Before Treatment Pictures

Before Treatment Pictures

The pictures below are X-rays of actual cases carried out at here 3Dental:

This is an X-ray showing missing teeth on the upper right side.

The sinus is outlined and as we can see there is very little bone available below the sinus.

This means that there is insufficient bone to place a dental implant.

After Treatment Pictures
After Treatment Pictures

After Treatment Pictures

The outline shows the appearance after a sinus lift.

Bone graft material has been placed, meaning there is now sufficient bone available to place dental implants.

Also note that the lower tooth has been removed as it was decayed and the patient was treated for gum disease.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Who would need a sinus lift?

If you are missing upper back teeth, and if there is insufficient bone available for dental implants, a sinus lift can replace the missing bone and enable implant placement.

When can I have my implants?

After the sinus lift is completed it is allowed to mature for 6 months. After that implants can be placed.

What bone grafting material do you use?

We use a bovine bone grafting material which is derived from cows. It comes in a small bottle from a medical supplies company. The material is fully sterilised and CE approved.

How do I know if I'm suitable?

As part of your implant assessment you will have a CT scan taken. Your implant dentist will be able to determine how much bone you have available for implant placement, and will advise you if a sinus lift is required.

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