If you have lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants. A sinus lift may be needed in cases where patients are planning to get dental implants on the upper jaw. If the jawbone needs augmenting with a bone graft, it may be necessary to elevate the sinus. Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed.
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