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Sinus Lift

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A sinus lift surgery or sinus augmentation procedure is a type of dentistry procedure performed in order to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw (also called the posterior maxilla). In order to do this, the maxillary sinus is “lifted”, hence the name of the procedure, sinus lift surgery.

Sinus lift surgery is usually performed when the upper jaw bone loses height and width. Bone loss is usually caused by tooth loss. Some of the most common reasons for tooth loss are:

● Periodontal disease
● Dental trauma
● Dental decay

The loss of bone volume makes it impossible to perform a dental implant in the area, as dental implants require a stable and strong bone foundation in order to cope with daily pressure from chewing.

Sinus Lift Candidates

Sinus lift surgery or sinus augmentation is recommended for the following categories of patients:

● Patients who lost one or more teeth in the posterior maxilla
● Patients with a significant amount of bone loss in the posterior maxilla
● Patients with missing teeth due to birth defects or genetics
● Patients requiring multiple implants in the upper jaw

The procedure is also recommended for patients with a lowered sinus. Lowering of the sinus is usually caused by:

● Trauma
● Long term tooth loss
● Periodontal disease

Am I Suitable for Sinus Lift?

Sinus lift surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from one or more of the following:

● Sinus infection
● Tumours in the sinus
● Chronic topical steroid use
● Severe allergic rhinitis
● Excessive tobacco use

Patients who recently underwent radiation therapy should postpone their surgery and give the body ample time to heal before subjecting it to sinus augmentation.

Preparing for Sinus Lift

Certain tests are needed before the sinus lift surgery can be performed. These tests determine the health of the patient’s sinuses. It’s a good idea for patients to have a few x-rays of the upper jaws and sinuses before going overseas for treatment. A computed tomography may also be necessary in some cases, in order to measure the sinus’ width and height.

How is Sinus Lift Performed?

Sinus lift surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia. Once the anaesthesia kicks in, the dental surgeon will begin creating an incision into the gum tissue, straight under the sinus area. The gum tissue is then raised in order to expose the bone underneath. A small window is created into the bone, exposing the sinus’ membrane. This thin membrane is pushed up and bone graft material is introduced into this space.

Different types of bone graft materials can be used:

● Autogenous bone (a bone graft taken from the patient’s own body)
● Biomaterials
● A combination of biomaterials and the patient’s own bone

Once the material is introduced into the cavity, the incision is closed with stitches. The bone graft material will then begin to merge with the patient’s own bone tissue.

Sinus Lift Summary

Anesthesia

Local or General anesthetic

Duration of Operation

90 to 120 minutes

Sinus Lift Recovery

Patients may experience some swelling around the incision area. Bleeding from the nose or mouth is also possible during the first few weeks after the sinus lift procedure. Patients need to avoid sneezing or blowing their nose – the stitches can get loose and the bone graft material can move inside the cavity.

Patients will receive painkillers, antibiotics and antibacterial mouthwashes which can help prevent infection after the sinus lift surgery.

Sinus Lift Risks and Complications

Sinus lift surgery risks and complications include:

● Torn or punctured sinus membrane
● Infection
● Sinusitis
● Tissue or nerve damage
● Graft failure
● Hematoma
● Revision surgery

Sinus Lift Side Effects

Sinus lift surgery side effects include:

● Bleeding
● Pain
● Discomfort
● Swelling
● Inflammation

Sinus Lift Success Rates

Sinus lift surgery reviews set the average success rate well over 90%.

Before and After Sinus Lift

The area needs ample time to heal properly – around 5 to 9 months after the sinus lift procedure, implants can be placed in the jaw. In some cases, the dental implant procedure and sinus lift procedure may be performed simultaneously, but it depends on the patient’s existing bone structure.

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Sinus Lift Cost

Average Sinus Lift costs are € 641, based on Sinus Lift prices from 22 clinics. Cheapest Sinus Lift cost is € 295 where Sinus Lift prices can go up to € 1,402.

Sinus Lift prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Sinus Lift in Turkey is a popular option where Sinus Lift costs as low as € 359. You can also find Sinus Lift clinics in Hungary starting from € 500. Sinus Lift in Spain is another popular option where prices start from € 780.

Please note that the Sinus Lift prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Sinus Lift procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Sinus Lift procedures. To receive a personalized Sinus Lift quote, please click HERE.

Sinus Lift FAQ

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What happens if my sinus membrane gets torn during the sinus lift surgery?

The surgeon will first stitch it or place a patch over it. If that doesn’t work, the procedure is postponed until the membrane heals itself.

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What happens if the graft material doesn’t integrate with my bone after the sinus lift?

In this case, the sinus lift surgery may need to be repeated.

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Is sinus lift surgery safe?

Definitely – sinus augmentation is a safe and reliable procedure. Less than 10% of patients develop complications following this procedure. Following the surgeon’s instructions and taking any medications as prescribed is essential for the success of this procedure.