Summers Lift

What is the treatment?

This technique is used in situations where there is a limited amount of bone height (approx 6 mm or more) at the back of the upper jaw.

By manipulation of the floor of the sinus in an upward direction, the implants can be placed below the lining of the sinus simultaneously with implant placement.

Graft material can also be placed in this area if required.

South Down Dental Clinic

We operate on a dentist referral basis only.

Please speak to your dentist about getting referred to this clinic.

Prior to surgery

  • Rinse three times daily with chlorohexidine digluconate (Corsodyl Mouthwash) to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
  • It is advisable for you to have had something light to eat and that you wear comfortable clothing on the day of the surgery.
  • Avoid blowing your nose for two weeks
  • Sneeze through your mouth
  • Avoid swimming
  • Avoid flying
  • Report unexpected nose bleeds or sinus pain or swelling.

Nose bleeds or sinus pain:

  • There is a small chance that a nose bleed may occur after the procedure. Should this happen, sit upright and apply a cold compress. 


Typical healing patterns after sinus lifts:

  • There is a wide range of normal healing responses. Swelling is often worse by the 2nd or 3rd day and may persist for a 5-7 days. Bruising tends to show at about this time and may persist for 2 weeks.

Possible complications of Sinus surgery, although rare, may include:

  • Perforation of the sinus floor which often does not have any significant effect and may be repaired or will heal itself
  • Infection may occur, as with any surgical procedure.
  • Inadequate primary stability of the implant, thus delaying its placement to a later date.

If you have any concerns about your treatment, please call the South Down Dental Clinic 028/(048 ROI) 3025 1715.