Sinus lift is one of the most common bone graft procedures for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw.

The maxillary sinuses are located above the upper back teeth on either side of the nose. These sinuses are empty air-filled cavities lined with a thin soft tissue membrane attached to the bone.

Some of the roots of the upper teeth can extend to the maxillary sinuses. After the healing of the extraction of the upper teeth, or when the upper teeth have been extracted long ago, often not enough bone remains between the sinus floor and the roof of the mouth to insert an implant. Dental implants require bone to support their structure. The key to a successful and long-lasting dental implant is the quality and quantity of the jaw to which the implant will be attached. The entire implant must be embedded in the bone, so when not enough bone is available, a sinus lift is required to allow new bone formation.

Often there is enough bone to keep the implant stable at the time of placement, but not enough to place the entire implant in the bone (for example, the available bone between the base of the sinus and the roof of the mouth is 4mm and 6mm implant should be placed). In cases like this, Implants and sinus lift by sinus bone graft can be completed as a single procedure.

If the available bone is not enough to keep the implant stable at the time of placement, A sinus lift procedure is required first. The graft will have to mature for several months, depending on the type of graft material used, then implants can be placed in the new bone.

Breast grafting allows many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option besides wearing dentures.

Sinus elevation is performed at the Sonrisol Dental Clinic in Torremolinos by Dr. Badí Haddú, under local anesthesia or under intravenous sedation.

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