Sinus Lift

Dental Implant Institute

Board Certified Periodontist & Dental Implant Expert located in Las Vegas, NV

If your upper jaw has low bone volume and cannot support dental implants, you might benefit from a sinus lift. At Dental Implant Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS, performs sinus lifts using the hydraulic sinus condensing® (HSC) technique. This advanced treatment method is much safer and effective than traditional sinus lift surgery. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.

Sinus Lift Q & A

What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is a surgical procedure used to add bone volume to your upper jaw. To receive dental implants, you need enough jaw bone to provide a sturdy foundation for the metal posts. If not, the implants won’t fuse to your jaw, which increases your risk of infection, implant failure, and other complications.

Why would I need a sinus lift?

At Dental Implant Institute, the team uses sinus lifts to address various problems. Some of the most common reasons people experience bone loss in their upper jaw include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Lost teeth, particularly the molars and premolars
  • Reabsorption of bone into the body
  • Maxillary sinus abnormalities

The Dental Implant Institute team only recommends sinus lifts as a last resort. If possible, they recommend less invasive procedures.

What happens during a sinus lift?

At Dental Implant Institute, the team performs sinus lifts using the hydraulic sinus condensing technique (HSC). 

This unique procedure allows for implant placement near the sinus cavity with little pain or swelling. It even makes it possible for her to place implants in areas with as little as one millimeter of bone with a predictable and stable outcome. 

Instead of using handheld tools to lift your sinus cavity, the hydraulic sinus condensing technique uses water. After carefully lifting your sinus, your provider places a piece of donor bone or synthetic bone material into the cavity. Then, they close the incision and stitch it back up.

Following treatment, you return home for 3-4 months while the graft encourages the creation of new, healthy bone tissue. Eventually, you return to the Dental Implant Institute, and your provider places your implants and custom crowns.

What is recovery like following a sinus lift?

Following a sinus lift, it’s normal to experience some minor swelling and sensitivity. However, because the hydraulic sinus condensing technique is minimally invasive, you can return to work and other routine activities within a day or two of your procedure. 

Make sure to adhere to your provider’s recovery instructions and take any medications as prescribed. To ensure a speedy recovery, you might also need to eat soft foods for a few days, such as applesauce, soup, or mashed potatoes. 

To see if you’re a candidate for a sinus lift, schedule an appointment at Dental Implant Institute. Call the office or book a consultation online today.