A sinus lift is a surgical procedure used to prepare for dental implants. It is also known as a maxillary sinus augmentation or sinus floor elevation. To comprehend how a sinus lift works, you must first understand the anatomy of the sinuses.
The sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces in the skull that serve several purposes, one of which is to reduce the weight of the skull. There are four sinus pairs. The maxillary sinuses, which are located under your eyes and next to each side of your nose, are the largest. Some of your upper teeth have roots that can reach into the maxillary sinuses.
Bone is required to hold dental implants in place. If the bone on the floor of the maxillary sinus is too thin, it may need to be reinforced before dental implants can be placed. This is accomplished via a surgical procedure known as a sinus lift.
This article will discuss who is a candidate for a sinus lift, how it is performed, and what to expect before and after surgery.