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Sinus Lift

Written by DTC Miami

Created 04/09/2018


Many patients arrive with an atrophic maxilla to your dental office. Many complex and diverse cases appear throughout a dentist’s career making it crucial to know exactly what the aspects are of the case and what are the options for the patient. A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation is type of oral surgery to help stabilize implants where there is no bone. The two important anatomical parts of a sinus lift are the upper jaw and sinus cavity. Some of the reasons dentists may offer the option of a sinus lift are:

  • Missing teeth in the upper jaw (atrophic maxilla)

  • Lack of bone in the upper jaw

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.”(1).  Evidently, dentists not only need to know about implantology, but also know the condition of the osseous tissue. While sinus lift can be explained with relative ease, it cannot be done without proper understanding, practicing and mentoring. Understanding how to use dental equipment for this procedure is important for proper implementation. Sinus lift is not without risk. Many different complications could occur, but our team can show you how to minimize risk factors. It is crucial that dentists know what allergies their patients have, whether they have any respiratory problems, and the appropriate medications to use when opting for this procedure to avoid infection and reduce inflammation. Dentists want to be confident and comfortable in performing this surgical procedure because you do not want to damage the patient’s tissue or nerves. Nonetheless, Perio-Implant Advisory informs, “…sinus lifting has been shown to be very predictable with success rates greater than 90%…”(2).

Clearly, success rates are very high. Being able to successfully and safely perform sinus lift will help you provide the best smile to your patient. The American Academy of Periodontology states, “Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone to form.”(3). As a dentist, the more techniques you know about, the better. Not only for the purpose of providing your patient with the option, but also for the purpose of restorations. While the American Academy of Periodontology informs that “…the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed.”, dentists must follow up on the recovery and restoration of their patient (4).  Based on this information, we offer a course specifically for sinus lifting and advanced bone grafting because we want our participants to be leading dentists with the best techniques in implantology.