Sinus Lift

Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Miles A. Mason, DDS, MSD

Periodontist & Dental Implant Surgeon located in The Woodlands, TX & Conroe, TX

If you require dental implants, there may be an insufficient amount of bone between the implant site and your sinuses. To ensure successful implantation, a sinus lift may be required to create enough bone for the implant to adhere. Located in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas, Dr. Miles A. Mason, the leading periodontist at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, can help you determine if a sinus lift is required prior to receiving your dental implants. To learn more about this surgical procedure, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Sinus Lift Q & A

What is a sinus lift?

A sinus lift is a procedure essential to the success of dental implant surgery. In places where there is too little bone — the upper back jaw specifically — that sit too close to the sinus, it can be difficult to successfully place dental implants.

A sinus lift is a procedure in which your sinus membrane is moved up and a bone graft is placed to promote new bone formation. Depending on your case, sometimes an implant may be placed at the time of sinus augmentation and sometimes the new sinus bone has to be allowed to mature prior to placing an implant.

When is a sinus lift required?

A sinus lift is required when there is not enough bone height to support a dental implant and the implant area sits too close to the sinus. This can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Periodontal disease that destroys the jawbone
  • Tooth loss
  • The shape and size of your sinus

A sinus lift is often a precursor to a successful dental implant. At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, Dr. Mason works with you to determine the best options for restoring the beauty and function of your smile.

What should I expect from a sinus lift?

First, Dr. Mason orders 3D imaging to help him evaluate the anatomy of your jaw and accurately measure the height of your existing bone. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort.

After the procedure, it's important to avoid unnecessary irritation to the sinus and surgical area.  

After the procedure is complete, there are a few precautions you should take to prevent the bone grafting material from being displaced. You should avoid:

  • Rinsing or forceful spitting one month after the procedure
  • Smoking- this is best to avoid for any periodontal surgery and for general health!
  • Disturbing the grafting area with your fingers or tongue
  • Activities that increase sinus pressure (like diving or flying)

If you’d like to find out if a sinus lift can help you get a dental implant, book an appointment with Dr. Mason at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates by phone or online today.