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Is There a Difference Between a Sinus Augmentation and a Sinus Lift?

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The key to a successful dental implant is the quality and quantity of the jawbone where the implant needs to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most challenging areas to successfully place a dental implant due to insufficient bone quality and quantity along with the close proximity to the sinus. A sinus augmentation is another term for a sinus lift that can help address the issue. This procedure helps correct the issue of bone loss by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for dental implant placement.

At Union City Oral Surgery Group, we offer state-of-the-art techniques and services to help our patients improve their oral health. When it comes to oral health issues, it can be intimidating to think about getting any type of procedure done. However, we ensure our patients make well-informed decisions and feel in control of their own oral health by being there for them before, during, and after the procedure. 

What Does a Sinus Lift or Augmentation Procedure Entail?

A sinus lift is also called a sinus augmentation, meaning they are essentially the same procedure. A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw or when the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed. There are several reasons for this, including:

  • People who have lost teeth in their upper jaw (particularly the back teeth or molars) do not have enough bone to hold the implants in place. 
  • Those whose jawbone may have been lost because of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • People with tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. Once teeth are gone, the bone begins to be absorbed back into the body. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants. 

There are several techniques that can be used to raise the sinus and allow room for new bone to form. One of the most common techniques is making an incision to expose the bone. A small circle is cut into the bone, and that bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity. The space underneath is filled with bone graft material. 

After the implant is placed, an additional healing period is needed. In some cases, the implants can be placed during the sinus augmentation procedure. Undergoing this procedure has been shown to greatly improve a patient’s chances of a successful implant that can last for many years.

The Follow-Up After a Sinus Lift or Augmentation

After the procedure, some patients may experience swelling in the area or bleeding from the mouth or nose. It’s important not to blow your nose or sneeze too forcefully, as it could cause the bone-graft material to move and loosen the stitches.

Patients may receive a saline spray to keep the inner lining of the nose wet, and they may also be prescribed medicine to prevent congestion and inflammation. Pain medicine, antibiotics, and antimicrobial mouthwash may also be recommended to prevent infection. It’s common for patients to experience a little discomfort after the procedure.

Contact Union City Oral Surgery Group Today to Schedule Your Sinus Lift or Augmentation

Sinus lift procedures are common, but at Union City Oral Surgery Group, we know that each patient and procedure is unique. We pride ourselves on our individualized and personalized care that ensures our patients achieve their oral health and cosmetic goals. Our oral surgeons will be with you every step of the way to ensure the best of the best. Schedule your appointment today at (201) 601-9262 or complete our online contact form.