Before an implant can be placed in the upper jaw, some patients will require a sinus lift to ensure there is enough bone tissue into which the implant can be secured.
When the upper jaw has had no teeth for some time, the bone and surrounding tissues begin to disappear. If this occurs, there may not be sufficient levels of dense bone to place an implant. Fortunately, science has advanced a great deal in this area and one solution is to perform a sinus lift.
A sinus lift is an oral surgical procedure that packs bone grafting material into the sinus cavity above the jaw. This grafting material will be incorporated by the surrounding bone and form a solid structure very similar to bone.