A key to dental implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone and the close proximity to the maxillary sinuses.
Maxillary sinuses are cavities that contain air. They are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth
We are able to resolve this problem using a procedure named "Sinus Lift", also known as "Sinus Augmentation".
The sinus lift makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose dentures.
It is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars to make it taller.
Sinus augmentations and dental implant placement can sometimes be performed simultaneously as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.