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Sinus Lift Augmentation
What Is A Sinus Augmentation?
Sinus augmentation, also referred to as a “sinus lift,” is one of the most commonly performed bone grafting procedures for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw (maxilla). The goal of the procedure is to grow bone in the floor of the maxillary sinus above the alveolar ridge – the bony ridge of the gumline that anchors the teeth in the upper jaw.
Sinus augmentation surgery often is recommended when the patient wants to replace teeth with dental implants in the maxillary arch. Dental implants require a certain amount of bone height to support the base of the implant.
A sinus lift may be an appropriate oral surgery option for a patient who is: – Missing more than one tooth in the posterior maxilla; – Missing a large amount of bone in the posterior maxilla; – Missing teeth due a congenital (present at birth) defect or condition; or – Missing most of the maxillary teeth and need firm anchorage for multiple implants.