Bone Grafting & Sinus Elevation

Bone Grafting and Sinus Elevation

Sinus elevation is a relatively new advancement in dental technology that facilitate the popular dental implant surgery process. A surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw, lifting the sinus membrane in the process, sinus lifts are an excellent way to provide an extra service that augments and makes available existing surgeries to a wider audience. Knowing how and when to use dental lifts as appropriate treatments ensure that your patients have an extra option to consider when faced with oral health issues.

Sinus Elevation for Dental Implant Surgeons

If you specialize in dental implants, knowing when a sinus elevation procedure is necessary as well as how to perform the surgery is crucial. Although every dentist should have a basic understanding of the process (sinus lifts are used to treat a variety of problems including gum disease), problems with the dental implant procedure are the most common reason sinus lifts are considered. By being able to perform the treatment, you can ensure that dental implants become a safe and viable option for more patients, benefitting their oral health as a whole as well as generating additional revenue for your practice.

Course Overview

This course is designed to teach any dentist but specifically dental implant surgeons how to perform a sinus lift procedure. Whether you are an experienced surgeon looking for fresh insight on the overall process or a novice in the oral surgery field, this course can help you by providing a detailed and thorough overview of the sinus lift procedure, starting from diagnosis and covering topics like bone extraction and grafting. In addition to explaining and demonstrating the process, Dr. Moore also will cover safety issues involved and discuss various scenarios to illustrate when the process is necessary and when it is merely convenient.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify scenarios where sinus lifts are necessary and beneficial
  • Effectively explain the sinus elevation procedure
  • Determine if sinus elevation is the right treatment for a patient
  • Counsel a patient on various treatment options available
  • Understand how bone grafts work in oral surgery
  • Extract a bone graft for use in sinus elevation
  • Graft the extract in using safe procedures
  • Perform the entirety of the sinus lift procedure
  • Know how the surgery interacts with dental implant surgery
  • Understand potential side effects of the grafting procedure
  • Provide post-surgery treatment recommendations
  • Use the procedure to treat existing and potential problems like gum disease

Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts

Sinus lifts most often become relevant when a patient awaiting a dental implant has a sinus membrane placed too close to the upper jaw. As briefly mentioned above, the surgery process uses bone grafting to “lift” the sinus membrane, providing more space in which a dental implant can be installed.

Though implants are the most common reason sinus lifts are sought, they are by no means the only scenario in which sinus elevation is necessary. Bone loss from periodontal disease (gum disease) or lost teeth can merit the use of sinus lifts to replace any lost bone structures in the jaw. The process relies on being able to safely graft a bone from a different part of the body (like the hip or tibia), so having a foundational knowledge in the science of bone grafting is important as well.

Sign Up for Courses Today!

We want you to reap the benefits that adding sinus lifts as a service can provide. To get comprehensive and practical training for the surgery process, be sure to sign up for the Bone Grafting and Sinus Elevation course to jump start your foray into advanced dental surgery procedures.