sinus augmentation involves moving the patient’s sinus membrane

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Sinus Augmentation (Sinus Lift) in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison

Patients who require dental implants may also require a sinus augmentation (sinus lift) to ensure that dental implants are successful. A sinus augmentation involves moving the patient’s sinus membrane upward to create enough space for a bone graft to be placed. By placing this bone graft, the patient can eventually form an adequate amount of jawbone to support a dental implant. Sinus augmentation is performed for patients having dental implants placed in their upper back teeth. This area of the jawbone tends to be thinner than other areas, which makes implant placement more difficult. Sinus augmentation is also performed for patients who have lost teeth in the posterior maxilla or a substantial amount of bone in the posterior maxilla, or who are having multiple implants placed.

With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for a sinus augmentation, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
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Madison, WI 53719
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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What to Expect During the Sinus Augmentation Process

Prior to performing sinus augmentation, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why sinus augmentation and dental implants are necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.

Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that sinus augmentation is the appropriate treatment option for you, it will be necessary to take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to evaluate your bone structure and determine the precise placement of the implant. Once the optimal locations are marked, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, a small incision is made in your gums. With the bone exposed, another small opening is cut into the bone and the membrane that covers your sinus is pushed up. Once there is sufficient space, the grafting material is placed and the area is stitched shut, after which the healing process can begin. In certain cases, the implant can be placed immediately after placement of the graft, but only if a tiny amount of bone is required.

Following placement of the graft, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the height of the bone and ensure there is adequate space for a dental implant. This process can take anywhere from four months to one year. Once there is enough bone present, the dental implant process can begin. There are a range of implant types available, but in general, the dental implant process involves placement of titanium posts in your gums. Once properly positioned, these posts are allowed time to fully integrate with jawbone (osseointegration). As soon as the jawbone has fully fused with the dental implant(s), a dental implant abutment is placed, which connects the new tooth to the dental implant.

Although having a sinus augmentation performed does lengthen the time involved in having a dental implant placed, it is worth the additional effort to ensure your dental implant is strong and receiving the proper amount of support so you can continue enjoying a bright, full healthy smile.

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Aftercare Following Sinus Augmentation

Following your sinus augmentation, it is essential to follow these, and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.

  • To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
  • Bleeding can be controlled with gauze.
  • Avoid blowing your nose or sneezing during the first two weeks. If necessary, take Sudafed or other allergy reducing medications.
  • Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible.

By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for sinus lift / augmentation, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

Cost of Sinus Augmentation

The cost of having a sinus augmentation will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, what type of grafting material is used, how many visits are required to complete the procedure, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.