Sinus Lift procedures at DentalCarePlus

At DentalCarePlus our experienced implant dentists perform all types dental implant supporting procedures including all types of sinus lift procedures.

A dental clinician needs to undergo extensive specialised training – typically as a part of a two-three year post graduate dental implant degree – in order to carry out a sinus lift procedure.

Success rates are usually very high if the sinus lift is carried out by a trained and experienced implant dentist and strict aftercare instructions followed.

A sinus lift is a complex surgical procedure and not without risks, so should not be attempted by a clinician without the appropriate training.

See also bone grafting procedures, other oral surgery procedures, and soft tissue grafting procedures.

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Why a sinus lift is necessary

There are some cases when there is insufficient bone to place dental implants in the upper arch at the back of the mouth.

Overtime the sinus cavity increases in size and bone loss occurs. This can often lead to insufficient bone height.

A sinus lift is a procedure that augments the bone in the upper arch where the sinuses are located; this is where the floor of the sinus cavity is at its lowest point. If there is a limited depth of bone insufficient to take an implant, the floor of the sinus cavity is lifted in order to create more depth.

A sinus lift can make the implant placement procedure possible, thus allowing people with bone loss enjoy the benefits from a long term solution to their missing or failing teeth using implants.

A dental 3D CBCT scan in the clinical assessment will determine whether a sinus lift is required or not.

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Issues solved with a sinus lift

  • Insufficient bone due to tooth removal or where a tooth has been missing for a period of time;
  • Bone resorption due to periodontal (gum) disease;
  • Complex bone anatomy

External sinus lift / sinus lift lateral window method

  • A sinus lift is needed in people who have a narrow sinus wall, making it impossible to place the implants in that area. A sinus lift is carried out either before or during implant placement.
  • A minimum of 10mm of bone in this area is required to ensure long term success of an implant. Typically a sinus lift lateral window method is performed when there is less than 7mm of bone.
  • A sinus lift involves creating a flap in the cartilage that divides the sinuses from the oral cavity, and opening a lateral window, then lifting the sinus membrane and augmenting the bone with new bone in the upper arch, where the sinuses are located (teeth positions 5, 6 and 7).
  • The sinus membrane is then lowered which keeps the bone substitute in place until it has integrated completely with the natural bone. A collagen membrane is placed and the flap is then sutured.
  • It takes five-eight months for the new bone to integrate.
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Internal sinus lift / Osteotome Summer’s technique

  • Named after the first person to pioneer this procedure.
  • When there is insufficient bone height to place the implant, but enough to give the implant primary stability an Osteotome Summer’s Technique is performed, where the sinus is elevated with osteotomes (holes).
  • Sometimes bone graft material is also used.
  • Access to the sinus cavity is through the empty tooth socket, where a tooth has been lost or where it has been recently extracted.
  • The bone is drilled out partially and then holes are drilled to push the bone in the floor of the sinuses upwards creating the depth required to insert an implant.
  • This procedure is usually followed by an implant placement.
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Sinus lift biomaterials used at DentalCarePlus

The bone material we use comes from the following sources

  1. ‘Mineross’ by BioHorizons (USA) for our Human (‘Allograft’) donor biomaterials;
  2. ‘Bio-Oss’ by Geistlich (CH) for our animal (‘Xenograft’) biomaterials;
  3. From the patient’s own body (hip bone or pelvis bone);
  4. Artificial bone

Sinus lift – questions, costs and referral services

  • For any all questions regarding sinus lifts, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment coordinators.
  • The cost of sinus lift depends on size, complexity and material used – call us for details
  • Since DentalCarePlus are renowned for very competitive prices, we are acutely aware that the cost of a dental implant treatment – especially when combined with a sinus lift procedure – is not insignificant for many people
  • Are you a referring dentist with patients who are in need of a sinus lift? Most of our patients are on referral.  If you wish to refer a patient to us for a sinus lift, see Referrals
  • Refer to our FAQ page for more useful information

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