Sinus Lift

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

Sometimes, your dentists may perform a sinus lift before placing dental implants. For your dentist to successfully implant replacement teeth, you need a healthy jaw and plenty of bone. If you have bone loss in your upper jaw, your dentist might recommend a sinus lift before performing the dental implant surgery. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the team regularly conducts sinus lifts on patients with missing teeth or weak jaws. To see if you’re a candidate for this type of treatment, call or click the online booking tool today.

Sinus Lift Q & A

What is a sinus lift?

Your maxillary sinuses sit directly above your upper jaw and top teeth. These empty, air-filled spaces produce mucus and impact the tone and quality of your voice. Some of the roots from your natural upper teeth also extend into your maxillary sinuses. If you lose any of these teeth from periodontal disease, extraction, or injury, only a thin layer of your bone separates your maxillary sinuses from your mouth. 

For successful implantation, dental implants need a healthy and strong bone as a base. If the wall between your mouth and maxillary sinuses is too thin, placing implants isn’t possible. To correct this problem, the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery might recommend a sinus lift or sinus augmentation. This safe, effective procedure raises your sinus floor and allows for the formation of new, healthy bone tissue. 

Am I a good candidate for a sinus lift procedure?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a sinus lift, you want to schedule an appointment with the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. Following an oral examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw and review of your medical history, your oral surgeon can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs. 

You might benefit from a sinus lift if:

  • You’re missing some of your upper back teeth
  • Your upper jawbone is weak
  • You have a damaged upper jawbone
  • You want dental implants

You might also benefit from a sinus lift if you have a congenital disability or other condition that causes you to lose all or some of your upper teeth.

What happens during a sinus lift?

During a sinus lift, your Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery oral surgeon makes a small incision at the top of your mouth, exposing your jawbone. Next, your surgeon cuts a small opening in your bone and carefully pushes your sinus membrane upward. After pushing the sinus membrane out of the way, your surgeon fills the hole with a bone graft. The bone graft may come from another area of your body, a cadaver, or it might be a synthetic material. 

After implanting the bone material, your surgeon stitches up your incision, and the healing process begins. Over the next 3-6 months, your jawbone creates new, healthy bone tissue. Once your jaw fully heals, you return to the office, and the team places your dental implants.

If you have enough healthy bone in your upper jaw ridge and the bottom of your sinus is capable of stabilizing your implant, the team might recommend conducting a sinus augmentation and implant placement at the same time. 

You may have a weak or damaged upper jawbone, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from restoring your smile. To learn more about sinus lifts, call Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.