Sinus lift for dental implant – Price and care in Colombia

If you are about to have dental implants installed, our dentist in Colombia may determine that sinus lifting surgery is required after performing some initial tests. It may sound alarming, but sinus lift is a simple and common procedure for many dental surgeons.


Sinus lift (one side) 750 $ us
Sinus lift (two sides) 1000 $ us


Canada (one side/two sides) 1500 $/2000 $ us
UK (one side/two sides) 1500 $/2000 $ us
USA (one side/two sides) 1500 $/2000 $ us


What influences the price of a sinus lift

  • Type of bone used (patient’s bone, corpse, cow, synthetic, etc.)
  • Size and shape of the area the dentist works on
  • Additional procedures such as x-rays and computed tomography
  • Additional costs may include antibiotics to take before surgery or pain medication


Sinus lift in Colombia


What is sinus lifting or elevation?

A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that involves lifting the sinus membrane to make room for a bone graft. The purpose of bone grafting is to build a bone in the upper jaw just below the sinuses on each side of the nose, in the region of your premolars and molars.

A certain depth of bone is necessary to accommodate a dental implant, otherwise it may become detached and rupture or even perforate the sinus membrane. A perforated membrane can become infected and increase the risk of implant failure.

You may have a sinus augmentation if a CT scan or X-ray shows that there is not enough bone in the upper jaw to properly support the dental implants.


Sinus lift procedure for implant


The sinus lift procedure

There are two surgical procedures that can be done for a sinus lift.

1. Traditional: The traditional approach is to make a small incision in the gum tissue which exposes the bone just above the area where the implant will be placed and slightly above the base of the sinuses. Next, a small section is cut from the bone to create a hatch that is gently pushed inward and upward toward the sinus cavity. This pushes the sinus membrane upward, raising the sinus floor. The empty space created just below the bone section is then filled with the bone graft.

2. Alternative: Another method can be used when only a small amount of bone grafting is required and it is possible to place the dental implant during the same procedure. In this process, the same opening is used for both the bone graft and the dental implant. The sinus membrane is raised, creating sufficient height for the dental implant. The bone graft is then inserted into the newly created space and the implant is placed immediately.


Possible complications

The main risk in lifting the sinuses is that the sinus membrane may be punctured or torn. If this happens, your surgeon can repair the tear, but it may be necessary to end the implant procedure and interrupt it for a few months to allow the membrane to heal.

Once the membrane has healed, your surgeon can perform sinus elevation. It is unlikely that the membrane will tear again because once it heals, it tends to be thicker and more resistant. All types of surgery carry a low risk of infection, but this is rare in this type of surgery. There is also a low risk of nerve damage, pain or inflammation.

Sometimes a bone graft will not integrate with existing bone. When this happens, the transplanted area does not develop a blood supply. This increases the risk of implant failure, because once the implants are placed, it is important that new bone cells develop on and around the implant. This can only happen if the implants have been inserted into healthy and living bone.


Recovery time and postoperative care

After a sinus lift, it takes about 6 months for the added bone to merge with your sinus bone. Depending on the graft material used, the implants can be placed after nine months.

It is normal to experience swelling, small pain and minor bleeding from the nose and mouth after surgery. It is also normal for bruises to develop near the place of surgery.

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and a mouthwash to help prevent infection. Rest immediately after surgery.

You will not be able to brush or use dental floss the first week after surgery, but it is important to take care of the rest of your teeth. Choose soft, easy-to-eat foods for the first few days and chew them on the opposite side. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods as they may irritate the area around the bone graft. Avoid hot food for the first few days.

It is very important to avoid blowing your nose or sneezing for two to three weeks, and you may be prescribed or advised to purchase a nasal spray, decongestant, or other medication. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least a week. Our dentist will see you again within a week after surgery to make sure the area is healed properly and to remove stitches that do not dissolve.