Often, when the upper molar teeth are removed, insufficient bone is left afterwards to allow the insertion of dental implants. Maxillary sinus augmentation (sometimes called a “Sinus Lift”) restores the bone and thus the option to place implants.

This, more complex, surgical procedure involves the placement of a bone graft material underneath the lining of the maxillary sinus. The bone graft is left to consolidate for several months, after which dental implants can be placed.

Sinus augmentation has been used for several years and the process is an accepted treatment modality that broadens our therapeutic options significantly. I have been performing this procedure for almost ten years and can vouch for the success of the concept.

Time scale

Such involved regenerative procedures naturally require more healing time and implants can usually be placed approximately six months after graft placement.