Sinus Lift

Sinus Lifts, also called sinus augmentation, are performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw when more bone is needed for placement of a dental implant.  There are two types of sinus lifts performed in our office; a “Closed” sinus lift and an “Open” sinus lift. Closed” sinus lifts add bone to your upper jaw in the areas over your molars and premolars.  In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) or Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR). In an “Open” sinus lift; we can access the maxilla (upper jaw) from the side to lift the membrane of the sinus upward to place additional bone.  Implants can be placed simultaneously or at a later date; depending on the amount of bone you start with.  Sinus lift bone healing can take approximately 8- 12 months. Dr. Lynn Pierri utilizes the PiezoSurgery® device for “Open sinus lifts, which has been developed to overcome the limits of precision and intraoperatory safety existing in traditional bone cutting instruments. PiezoSurgery® allows the doctor to obtain high predictability and low morbidity in bone surgery. Thanks to the controlled three-dimensional ultrasound microvibrations, the PiezoSurgery® technique opens up a new age for osteotomy and osteoplasty in Implantology, Periodontology, Endodontics, and surgical Orthodontics.  PiezoSurgery® offers micrometric cutting action, minimum soft tissue damage, maximum intra-operative visibility and excellent tissue healing.