Sinus Augmentation               

When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone. There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. The bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone. The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no  options for tooth replacementoptions other than dentures.   

A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars.  This procedure is also known as a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or "lifted."  A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw.  The sinus augmentation ensures an adequate area is prepared and ready for implant placement.

For dental implants to be successful, the jawbone must have enough bone to support them.  Bone augmentation is the procedure used to achieve this. 

Bone augmentation is a procedure used to "build" bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures involve adding bone or bonelike materials to the jaw. After grafting, you have to wait several months for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone.