Bone loss can occur as a result of missing teeth for long periods of time. Air in the sinus can contribute to bone loss through pressure on the jawbone. In some cases there is a lack of sufficient bone under the upper sinus for implant placement initially. A bone graft may be necessary to raise the sinus and create stability for the implant. This procedure is often referred to as a “sinus lift” or a “lateral wall sinus elevation”.
A sinus lift not only restores strong jawbone to place implants into but also may relieve some sinus drainage problems.