Sinus Lift

What is a sinus lift?

The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. These sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.

The key to a successful and long-lasting dental implant is the quality and quantity of jaw bone to which the implant will be attached. If bone loss has occurred due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone formation. A sinus lift is one of the most common bone grafting procedures for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw. The procedure seeks to grow bone in the floor of the maxillary sinus above the bony ridge of the gum line that anchors the teeth in the upper jaw. This enables dental implants to be placed and secured in the new bone growth.

Am I a candidate for a sinus lift procedure?

A sinus lift may be necessary if you:

  • are missing more than one tooth in the back of your jaw
  • are missing a significant amount of bone in the back of your jaw
  • are missing teeth due to a birth defect or condition
  • are missing most of the maxillary teeth and require support for dental implants

How is a sinus lift accomplished?

Most commonly, a small incision is made on the premolar or molar region to expose the jaw bone. A small opening is cut into the bone, and the membrane lining the sinus is pushed upward. The underlying space is filled with bone grafting material, either from your own body or from a other sources. Sometimes, synthetic materials that imitate bone formation are used. After the bone is implanted, the incision is sutured and the healing process begins. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in the newly formed sinus bone.

If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to sufficiently stabilize the implant, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for up to several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.

The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants that previously had no other option besides wearing loose dentures.

A sinus augmentation is generally performed at Dr. Stivers‘s office, under local anesthesia. Some patients may request oral or intravenous sedative medication as well.

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I just want to thank eve for your hard work and your patience with me. I honestly didn’t know how I would get through it, but it’s been two weeks since we did the surgery and I still can’t believe it went so smoothly, (knock on wood). Thank you Dr. Stivers. With deepest gratitude and respect to the whole team (silver lake and seattle), Svetlana Mendyuk

- Svetlana M

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I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Mark and his staff look no further than Silver Creek oral surgery for any of your oral surgery needs

- David S

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My teeth were all impacted so my wisdom teeth was a little more of an invasive process. Dr. Stivers and the rest of the staff made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole procedure. The receptionists continuously checked in on me post surgery to make sure I was doing okay after. I was having pain afterwards and they made it a point to see me right away to figure out what was going on and ease my healing process. I went to this place initially for convenience bu I'm truly so content with my choice and experience I received at Silver Creek. The staff is amazing and the Dr is the best! Definitely recommend! Thanks again, you guys!

- Eliza K

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The level of professionalism is in every detail. Her recovery time was just as they explained and she didn't experience any complications. The post operative instructions were clear and every precaution to ensure a smooth recovery was addressed. We are so grateful that McKeighla was in such wonderful hands. Thank you so much!

- McKeighla H

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As before they took good care of me and I am pleased with the results.

- Lance H

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The cat's meow! Totally top drawer. Awesome experience! Big shout out to my dentist for referring me to you alls practice.

- Steve B

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Friendly and competent staff.

- Barbara Z

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I was nervous about getting my wisdom teeth removed but Dr. Stivers and Nurse Tina were a dynamic duo who were thorough, informative and entertaining! The rest of the staff was also very helpful and cared for me. They all made me feel very calm about my procedure.

- Angela N

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I had a broken tooth that needed to be extracted and the staff and especially the doctor put me at ease and walked me through the whole process. I was given a valium since I have bad anxiety and it did the trick. I totally recommend this place!! Definitely worth it!

- Jennifer L

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Professional, helpful, and courteous every step of the way. Everything was explained very clearly.

- John K

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Doctor Mark is truly amazing. I have had a lot of dental experiences that were disasterous. My own Dentist did not have time to see me when I really could have died. I have never seen that with this dentist. He takes his time and you feel that he is not rushing anything and you know you are the most important person there. The Best:-)

- Brenda N

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We refer our patients to Dr. Stivers. Their feedback has always been positive. His staff are always helpful, friendly, and go the extra mile for our patients we send to them.

- Josey S

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Wonderful experience, which isn’t usually synonymous with dentistry

- Cindy R

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Surgery and healing went as planned and we were happy with the results. Appreciated follow up call to check a couple days after surgery.

- Ainsley J

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Procedure was much smoother than I anticipated, I’m very happy with the results!

- Emma D

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Friendly, I was put at ease about my surgery. I would recommend this office to all of my friends.

- Mary L

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I am so pleasantly surprised at how well my experience at Silver Creek OMS went. I've been terrified of having my wisdom teeth removed for YEARS and Dr. Stivers and his staff made it quick and easy. I'm only on day two of recovery but I already feel like my old self again (minus the swelling and limited food options!). Everyone at the office was so friendly and approachable and they really made a nerve-racking experience quite tolerable. 🙂

- Anjelica S

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Staff went out of their way to make me (a dental phobic) comfortable and confident in the procedure. I have already recommended them to my friends.

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