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In some cases there is insufficient bone to place dental implants in the upper arch at the back of the mouth. Overtime the sinus cavity increases in size and bone loss occurs. This can often lead to insufficient bone height.
The sinus lift procedure augments the bone in the upper arch where the sinuses are located. If there is a limited depth of bone insufficient to take an implant, the floor of the sinus cavity is lifted and bone material added (see bone grafting) in order to create more depth. A sinus lift can make the implant placement procedure possible.A dental 3D CBCT scan in the clinical assessment will determine whether a sinus lift is required or not.