A sinus lift is a surgical procedure in which bone is added to the upper jaw around the molars. While this once was an unusual procedure, it’s become much more routine now that more and more people are opting to get dental implants as a way to replace missing teeth.
During a sinus lift, our Georgetown dentists add more bone between the sinuses and the jaw, also lifting the sinus membrane to make room for the extra bone. The bone might be harvested from another area of the patient’s body or an animal source such as a cow.
This procedure can help you if your sinuses are too close to your jaw and provide enough bone for your Georgetown dentist to later give you dental implants.
Often, dentists will recommend a sinus lift for dental implant surgery as there must be a significant amount of solid bone for the implant to be embedded into. Some people are simply not born with enough bone in that area to support dental implants. Otherwise, the bone might have worn away if your tooth is missing, or it could simply have deteriorated due to age or illness such as periodontal disease.
Your body naturally starts to re-absorb the jawbone when teeth are no longer present. Sinus lifts can combat this and ensure you have enough bone for your implant procedure.
To talk to your dentist about whether a sinus lift would work for you, give our office in Georgetown, TX a call to book an appointment today!