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Lateral Sinus Augmentation: A Safer Technique

Douglas F Dompkowski, Gregori M Kurtzman

Citation Information : Dompkowski DF, Kurtzman GM. Lateral Sinus Augmentation: A Safer Technique. Int J Oral Implantol Clin Res 2013; 4 (3):122-128.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10012-1106

License: CC BY-ND 4.0

Published Online: 00-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The posterior maxilla presents with a common problem clinically following tooth extraction or crestal bone loss resulting in loss of osseous height sufficient to place implants. Resorptive patterns in some patients along with sinus enlargement result in minimal bone that can accommodate implant placement. Maxillary sinus augmentation over the past 18 years with various bone graft materials has become routine treatment. Numerous studies have reported highly successful implant survival rates when placed into the augmented sinus. The most common complication of the lateral sinus elevation approach is typically tearing of the Schneiderian membrane which could allow for bacterial contamination or loose particles to gain access to the sinus cavity. A safer lateral window approach sinus augmentation procedure will be discussed using specialized safe cutting end drills with vertical stoppers for osseous window formation and subsequent membrane elevation.


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