Sinus Lift

Reasons for Sinus Lift


A Sinus lift surgery is needed when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw-bone below maxillary sinus to place an implant. This bone loss is the result of either periodontal disease or previous tooth loss–both of which can leave the area with little to no bone. A Sinus Lift Surgery helps correct this problem by grafting the area to help facilitate new bone formation. The success of Implant placement is dictated by the amount and quality of bone in the area of placement. This procedure allows for implants to be placed in areas previously able to support them.

Types of Sinus Lift

Dr. Ratliff performs two different types of sinus augmentations. Depending on how much bone loss you have, Dr. Ratliff will make decision on which will be the most beneficial to your specific situation.

1. Lateral Window Sinus Augmentation:

During this procedure a small “window” is cut through the bone and into the maxillary sinus cavity. At this time, the sinus is then lifted and a bone graft is placed in the space. Over 4-6 months following the surgical lift, new bone will grow into this area and will provide a strong and stable foundation to place an implant.

2. Vertical Sinus Augmentation:

The Vertical Sinus Augmentation is completed in conjunction with the implant placement. Unlike the lateral window method, the vertical augmentation uses one vertical hole to both lift the sinus and place the implant. A bone graft is placed in the augmented space along with the immediate installation of the implant. Following the surgery the bone will regrow around the implant providing a strong and stable foundation for the implant.

Benefits of Sinus Lift
  • The sinus is lifted to allow for bone regeneration.
  • Implants can be placed in areas, which previously had too much recession and could not support an implant.