Sinus Lift

Your maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. 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. Since dental implants need bone to hold them in place, it is impossible to place them in this very thin bone.

Dr. Hagan may recommend a sinus graft or sinus lift graft if:
• You are missing more than one tooth in the back of your jaw
• You are missing a significant amount of bone in the back of your jaw
• You are missing teeth due to a birth defect or condition
• You are missing most of the maxillary teeth, but require support for dental implants

What to expect

In sinus lift surgery, Dr. Hagan will enter the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be and insert donor bone into the floor of the sinus. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone.

If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure.

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

If you receive oral or IV sedation, you will recover under careful supervision in our office until you are ready to be taken home. You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from our office on the day of the operation. Upon discharge you will receive postoperative instructions, (link to Forms & Policies page) a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics if necessary and a follow-up appointment.

All of these options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you at the time of your preoperative consultation.

Dr. Hagan is formally trained in a hospital setting in IV sedation, airway management and intubation techniques. This also includes complete training in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Crystal Coast Oral & Facial Surgery follows all guidelines and protocols set forth by the state medical and dental regulatory body and our office is regularly inspected.

We strive to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible while maintaining the highest levels of safety.