I am scheduled to receive 2 dental implants in my maxillary right molar region in #2 and #3 areas. My surgeon has informed me that I will need a sinus lift to create adequate bone volume for the implants. Do I need to get a sinus lift? Are there any alternatives to a sinus lift? And what is the success rate of sinus lifts?
In order to successfully place implants, you need sufficient bone. In certain situations, dentists need to perform specific procedures, in order to create adequate bone volume. A Sinus Lift is one such procedure.
A well done Sinus Lift, is in general, a very simple procedure especially if done with the Summers technique. The bone created is generally more dense than maxillary bone, thus resulting in better long-term results for dental implants.
Please note that, although the sinus lift technique is pretty predictable nowadays, it still generates about a 15-30% failure rate.
In terms of alternatives, there are some implants companies that offer shorter dental implants, which they claim obviate the need for sinus lifts in certain instances. The research on shorter dental implants is ongoing, and I recommend you ask your surgeon about the option for shorter dental implants and if they are right for you.