In general, the back of the upper jaw has less bone tissue than the lower jaw. As such, the sinuses often rest directly on top of tooth roots. Additionally, when teeth are lost, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate and cause the sinuses to expand. In these cases, a sinus lift can create sufficient space between the sinus floor and the jaw for implant placement.
Dr. Lee and our team can determine if you are a good candidate for a sinus lift during your initial implant treatment appointment. We will take a series of scans and x-rays to assess the density of your jawbone, as well as the location of your sinuses, and see if a sinus lift, or other bone graft procedure, is right for you. Keep in mind that while a sinus lift will increase the length of your dental implants timeline, it will also create a more stable foundation for your implant-supported restoration and reduce the likelihood of implant failure.