Osteotome Sinus Lift

To effectively place dental implants in the upper jaw, sinus lift surgery, also called sinus augmentation, is a common procedure. It increases the quantity of bone between the maxillary sinuses and the jaw. Because there might not be enough upper jawbone, dentists often complete sinus lift surgery to bulk up the jawbone.

Hollow areas called the maxillary sinuses are behind the cheekbones and above the upper teeth. A sinus lift is done to protect this area. The roots of the upper back molar frequently extend into the sinuses. The sinus membrane is raised during sinus lift surgery, and bone is added to the space created between the sinuses and the jaw.

Common Reasons Patients Need a Sinus Lift

Some patients need sinus lift surgery because there isn’t adequate quality bone in the maxillary jaw, or the sinuses are too close to where the dental implant will be placed. Other patients have a naturally smaller jawbone or have bone loss. A sinus lift creates a strong foundation for placing dental implants.

The Osteotome Technique

There are two primary techniques used for sinus lift surgery. The osteotome technique is less invasive and often used when the patient has over 6 mm of remaining natural bone height, and the sinus floor requires being raised less than 4 mm.

This technique is done by cutting a flap of gum tissue to form a socket in the bone. An osteotome is used to tap the sinus floor into the correct position. Typically, the dental implant is placed at this time and given 4-6 months to integrate with the bone.

Safe and Effective Sinus Lift Procedures

Contact Dr. Fred Alger, DDS to learn more about osteotome sinus lift surgery. You’ll experience the care of a knowledgeable periodontist.