A sinus lift is the addition of bone to enable the placement of an implant. There are two types of sinus lifts - a lateral window approach and a sinus tent. Both aim to accomplish the same thing, add more bone for a dental implant. Here is a patient that presented for an implant and had inadequate bone and received a lateral window sinus lift. This photo shows the height of bone before the procedure. X-Rays were taken in February 2014.

A sinus lift is the addition of bone to enable the placement of an implant. There are two types of sinus lifts - a lateral window approach and a sinus tent. Both aim to accomplish the same thing, add more bone for a dental implant. Here is a patient that presented for an implant and had inadequate bone and received a lateral window sinus lift. This photo shows the height of bone before the procedure. X-Rays were taken in February 2014.

 Same image but yellow lines were added to outline the current bone height. X-Ray taken in February 2014.

Same image but yellow lines were added to outline the current bone height. X-Ray taken in February 2014.

 This image was taken immediately after the lateral window sinus lift in October of 2014. The volume and height of bone has been increased. This image is a cross section of a 3D image.

This image was taken immediately after the lateral window sinus lift in October of 2014. The volume and height of bone has been increased. This image is a cross section of a 3D image.

 Same photo as above with yellow lines to show the volume and height of bone. Typically time for the bone graft to be ready for implant placement is 3 to 4 months. Image taken in October 2014.

Same photo as above with yellow lines to show the volume and height of bone. Typically time for the bone graft to be ready for implant placement is 3 to 4 months. Image taken in October 2014.

 Once bone had time to heal the implant can be placed. This implant was placed in February of 2015. You can still see “dome” of bone placed.

Once bone had time to heal the implant can be placed. This implant was placed in February of 2015. You can still see “dome” of bone placed.

 Same photo but with yellow lines to show landmarks. The middle yellow line shows the original sinus floor. The top yellow line is the new sinus floor.

Same photo but with yellow lines to show landmarks. The middle yellow line shows the original sinus floor. The top yellow line is the new sinus floor.

 This image shows the implant and sinus lift about three and a half years after the lateral window. Image taken on April 2018.

This image shows the implant and sinus lift about three and a half years after the lateral window. Image taken on April 2018.

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