Sinus Lift surgery

Do you want a dental implant and have been told you need a sinus lift? Don’t worry!

What’s a sinus lift and should you be worried?

Whilst a sinus lift may seem unnecessary or an annoying additional step to receive your implant treatment, it is likely that you do not have enough bone to ensure your implants will be a success.

If you are concerned about the opinion you have received, you can always schedule a consultation with us here at Gentle Dental; an implant clinic that can work magic. We will be able to advise you of the correct pre-implant procedures if in fact you truly need them.


Patients often ask:

In some instances, the implant can be positioned into place while the sinus is augmented. Undergoing this kind of surgery has been proven to increase the chance of your implants being successful significantly. Implants can fail, and they are likely to with an insufficient amount of bone. A sinus lift, in this case, increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw by adding space between molars and premolars.

Reported back to us by our patients, and in our own experience, we have found sinus lift surgery to cause minimal discomfort.

The most common are swelling and bleeding. However, this usually does not extend more than a few days. The doctor gives the go-ahead for regular activities to recommence within this time.

In some cases, where teeth have been missing for a substantial amount of time (bone can begin to deplete in as little as just six months), the answer is yes. Those who have a sufficient amount of bone to support the implant can avoid this. However, dental implants will not be possible for those without an adequate amount of bone.

Why you may need a sinus lift

  • In cases of periodontal gum disease
  • When teeth have been lost in the upper jaw
  • Reabsorption of bone after tooth loss
  • Not enough bone in your jaw or sinuses

To explain simply, a sinus lift is an augmentation or the process of lifting up the maxillary sinus to make room for new bone.

Your sinus is an air-filled cavity that is located in the back portion of the upper jaw. Lifting the sinus and grafting the bone in between means that there is an appropriate amount of bone for your dentist or doctor to position the dental implant.

Without enough bone in the upper jaw, the implant will not be able to anchor securely and has a higher likelihood of failing, which after spending a considerable amount of money on reconstructive dentistry.

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Preparation for the dental implant process

Getting one or more implants can be a multistep process, which is made simpler with pre-implant treatments like sinus lifts and bone grafts.

The process is as follows:

  • Consultation: Review your individual condition and the state of your oral health to determine whether you qualify for implant dentistry using x-rays.
  • Examination: The dentist here will be able to outline your current possibilities as well as identifying how your oral condition can be improved to receive this treatment. You can expect imaging studies and X-rays to identify your jawbone health as well as other key structures.
  • Surgery: You will undergo sinus lift surgery if required to help secure your new implant for life.
  • Placement: The abutment, which will hold your implant is placed. From here, a period of three months is recommended to allow the jaw to integrate with the post – this is called osseointegration.
  • Attaching the crown: The implant crown will be placed.

The sinus lift procedure

There are several different approaches that exist for a sinus lift, which will depend on how much bone you currently have, the type of bone graft and their potential approach for the implant.

Basics include:

  • A local anaesthetic will be used to keep you comfortable
  • The dental surgeon will make incisions in your gum tissue to expose the bone
  • They will then cut a small area of the bone into the sinus cavity, raising the membrane
  • Next bone graft materials will be applied to the newly lifted area (this bone can be taken from other areas of your body or using synthetic bone)
  • Sutures will be applied to close the incision

Implant costs

Implant cost FAQ

Whilst, initially dental implants may not appear to be affordable, they can be when comparing their durability against alternative reconstructive treatments.

Patients can save money on their dental implant treatment by combining implants with other procedures, for example, implant-retained dentures.

More than this, if patients are experiencing multiple tooth losses, we can only use four implants to replace teeth throughout the entire mouth.

Implant dentistry is not redeemable via the NHS. They are more likely to prescribe cheaper alternatives like dentures.

Whilst you will have to check with your particular provider, insurance typically does not cover the cost of dental implants. However, as dental implants are now more recognised for their durability, insurers are beginning to recognise their quality. More.

Patients can pay for their treatment interest-free for 24 months.

Please speak to one of our dental professionals about this permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth on 020 8224 7562.

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After a sinus lift

Your dentist may give you:

  • Saline spray
  • A prescription
  • Pain medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash

Following the procedure, you will meet with us again to check and examine the surgical site and remove any stitches that have not dissolved. There may be a few periods where we check in with you, but that’s to ensure you’re healing correctly.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
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12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
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08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
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17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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