Most of us have a general idea of where our sinuses are. These spaces are near our nostrils and under the skin. When infected or irritated, they can cause stuffiness or discomfort. However, they’re ordinarily something we don’t think about very often.

For this reason, you might be surprised to hear the term “sinus lift” or “sinus augmentation” during your periodontal consultation regarding dental implants. After all, what do dental implants have to do with the sinuses?

This safe surgical procedure gently lifts the sinus membrane and allows your periodontist to add bone matter to the area underneath them that holds the molars and premolars.

When is it Time for a Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are necessary when the bone in the upper jaw cannot support dental implants. After a tooth has fallen out or been removed, the bone density in that area of the mouth rapidly decreases. This makes it difficult to properly place dental implant posts.

A sinus lift adds bone, either from your own body or a human or animal donor, to the area below the sinus. In other words, it “lifts” the sinus a bit, although that won’t have any bearing on the ability of the sinus to function normally.

After the bone graft, the site will heal for several months as the bone fuses. Then, dental implants can be confidently placed to replace individual missing teeth, or to hold implant-supported dentures.

Get the Benefits of a Sinus Lift

If you’ve never had a bone graft before, the thought of it might be a bit alarming. Rest assured that this is a practical solution to waning bone density, and it works amazingly well. At our office, we often perform a sinus lift in Birmingham, AL, on patients who want the advantages of dental implants. This treatment is done in-office by a trained periodontist who understands the leading-edge methods of sinus lift surgery and after-care.

 Thought you couldn’t have dental implants because of low bone density? Talk to our team and find out if a sinus lift in Birmingham, AL is right for you.