Sinus Lift Procedure London

The Sinus Lift procedure, also referred to as the Lateral Window Technique, is typically performed when there isn’t enough bone in a patient’s upper jaw to have dental implants fitted due to the close proximity to the Maxillary sinus.

The Maxillary Sinuses tend to enlarge during our life – we call it Pneumatisation of the sinuses. Also, when an upper molar is extracted or as a result of Periodontal (Gum) Disease, severe bone resorption may happen in the area.

What does the sinus lift procedure include?

During a sinus lift, the surgeon will open a small window on the sinus wall, then carefully detach and lift the Schneiderian Membrane from the sinus wall. The treatment area is then covered to encourage healing.

If the patient has sufficient levels of bone, dental implants can be fitted in the same session, speeding up treatment.

In other instances, patients will also need a bone graft. If this is the case, bone materials will be added once the membrane is detached from the sinus wall, adding sufficient material for dental implants to embed securely.

The implantologist may need to wait up to 6-9 months for the bone to mature before placing the implants in this instance.

Who needs a sinus lift?

Many people find themselves needing a sinus lift, for a range of reasons, including:

  • A change in the sinus due to ageing 
  • The loss of bone in the upper jaw because of  Periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss 
  • Having developmental defects or facial injury 

No matter the combination of all these factors, there may be insufficient bone in order to place Dental Implants in the Posterior Maxilla, commonly identified by pre-treatment scans.

In this case, a sinus lift and bone graft may be performed to increase space in the jaw for the dental implants and add bone for the implants to integrate with respectively.

Without preparatory treatments such as the sinus lift and bone graft, placing dental implants in this area would be next to impossible and would go on to affect chewing and the shape of the face. 

Sinus lift costs

Here at MIC, we make it as easy as possible for our patients to get the treatment they need – cutting stress and helping keep patients happy and healthy. 

One of the ways we achieve this is to display clear and transparent pricing on our website, giving patients the chance to see exactly how much their treatment will cost prior to having a consultation. 

Another way we support this ethos is to offer low APR financing with our finance partners Chrysalis Finance to eligible patients. This allows potential patients to share the cost over a period of up to 5 years, into smaller, manageable monthly repayments.

How long does sinus lift recovery take?

Patients undergoing sinus lift treatment can expect healing to take around 2-3 weeks, but this can differ person by person, especially if the patient drinks alcohol, smokes, doesn’t follow aftercare instructions properly, or has other health concerns that limit healing. 

Your dentist will give you very detailed aftercare information about how to look after your mouth while it is healing, allowing the wound to heal faster.

Why choose MIC for sinus lifts and dental implants?

If you are looking for dental implant treatment and require a sinus lift to make this happen, why choose MIC? 

Delivering unmatched quality of service

Our very high success rate surpasses commonly accepted standards for dental implants. 

A primary contributing factor to this is our very thorough initial assessment of each patient, which includes an interview, clinical examination, CT scan, and further X-ray analysis.

Treatments are performed by fully accredited professionals

All of our dentists are registered with the GDC and our treatment is all approved under BDAGDC, and UK standard guidelines. 

To find out more about any of the services we provide, and why we should be your first choice if you’re looking for a dentist to carry out dental implants, contact us today by clicking the button below or by calling us on 020 34 34 29 34


Can you have a sinus lift without a bone graft?

The Maxillary sinuses sit immediately above the Maxilla region, on either side of the nose, and commonly expand as we age.   

This makes placing dental implants to replace the upper premolars and molars difficult because as the sinus expands, or teeth are lost, the bone immediately below it thins. Without preparatory procedures such as a sinus lift and bone graft, the dental implant could pierce the sinus and may not integrate properly with the jaw and remain stable. 

Some patients, however, may not need a bone graft alongside their sinus lift, because they have plentiful bone to integrate with the implant, making implantation faster and easier. 

It just depends on the patient. 

Patients who need a bone graft will be identified during the pre-treatment scans and commonly include people with:

  • Bone loss from missing teeth 
  • A history of advanced gum disease 
  • Developmental defects 
  • Facial injury or trauma

These patients can need both the sinus lift and a bone graft before their implants can be fitted. This will allow for dental implants to be fitted where they are needed and to ensure good osseointegration between the implant and the jaw – helping them last for decades to come. 

To book a dental implant consultation, you can call us on 020 3434 2934 or fill in the contact form at the bottom of your screen and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

What are the long-term implications of a sinus lift?

A sinus lift can be seen as a worrying procedure, thanks to the delicate nature of the sinus and the Maxilla bones. 

However, complications including perforation or damage to the Schneiderian membrane, are incredibly unlikely, thanks to the training and skill of our dental professionals. 

If a sinus lift is performed by an inexperienced dentist, damage to the Schneiderian membrane can result in sinus infections and chronic sinusitis. 

At MIC, a sinus lift is completed as an outpatient procedure and, once healed, patients should find themselves ready to undergo life-changing dental implant placement – replacing the essential upper premolars and molars that assist with chewing and retaining a healthy face shape. 

If you have any lingering questions or concerns, reach out to the clinic today by giving our friendly team a call or emailing us – we’ll book you in for a consultation with one of our dental professionals as soon as we can. 

Where is the Posterior Maxilla?

The Maxilla is a region of the upper jaw made up of several bones and the hard palate. Dental implants can be placed here, to replace the upper premolars and molars, if they become lost. 

The Maxilla region can be found on both sides of the upper jaw and covers the front section of the face, up into the eye socket, stopping at the bridge of the nose. 

The posterior of the Maxilla reaches from the first premolar (about level with the inner corner of the lips when closed) to the end of the jawbone. 

The Maxilla area is very complex thanks to the collection of nerves, sinuses, and bones that make it up – so completing a sinus lift to allow for the placement of upper dental implants here takes expertise and experience.  

For more help understanding the anatomy of the Maxilla and what the sinus lift involves, you can watch the video found further up the page or book a consultation to discuss it with your expert dentist by calling 020 3434 2934.

Is a sinus lift painful?

During the sinus lift, the patient can be assured that they will experience no pain – thanks to the use of local anaesthetics. 

As with any dental procedure, there is the risk of discomfort after your sinus lift or augmentation once the anaesthetic wears off. 

Should this occur we recommend:

  • Following aftercare instructions very closely – this will give you the best chance of healing without complications. 
  • Resting and taking it easy – book some time off work if you can or schedule near a weekend if not.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relief including paracetamol and ibuprofen (if you need it) alongside any antibiotics.
  • Eating only soft foods for around a week and avoiding all hot foods and drinks.
  • Avoid touching the site and brush your remaining teeth very carefully. 
  • Gently use a mouthwash 3-4 times a day for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Don’t use a straw or smoke (e-cigarettes included) as sucking can dislodge the blood clot formed during initial healing. 
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking as they slow the healing process.

To book your appointment, click on the blue Book an Appointment button at the top of your screen or send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll find a date that suits you best. 

Unmatched Quality of Service

Our very high success rate surpasses commonly accepted standards for dental implants. A primarily contributing factor to this is our very thorough initial assessment of each patient, which includes an interview, clinical examination, CT scan and further X-ray analysis.

All Treatments are Performed by Fully Accredited Professionals

All of our dentists are registered with the GDC, while our treatment is all approved under BDA, GDC and UK standard guidelines. To find out more about any of the services we provide, and why we should be your first choice if you’re looking for a dentist to carry out dental implants, contact us today.


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