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Treatment guidelines

Sinus lifting

Key points

  • Grafting of the maxillary sinus is the most commonly used and a very predictable procedure for vertical bone augmentation in the posterior segment of the edentulous maxilla
  • Sinus floor augmentation is either performed by an external or an internal (transcrestal) approach
  • Sinus floor augmentation can be performed with immediate or delayed implant placement (in terms of primary implant stability)
  • Bone substitute materials are as effective as autogenous bone for sinus floor augmentation.

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Additional resources



Georg Watzek: The sinus lift procedure for the edentulous patient - risky overtreatment or reliable necessity

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