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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7610607, 7 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7610607
Case Report

A Rational Approach to Sinus Augmentation: The Low Window Sinus Lift

Studio Dentistico Zaniol, Crocetta del Montello, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Terry Zaniol

Received 23 November 2016; Accepted 6 February 2017; Published 26 February 2017

Academic Editor: Gilberto Sammartino

Copyright © 2017 Terry Zaniol and Alex Zaniol. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Sinus augmentation is a well-known approach to treating alveolar bone ridge atrophy in the posterior maxilla. The preparation of the lateral window is crucial. Its size, design, and position in the vestibular sinus wall may affect the intra- and postsurgical complication rates and affect the intrasurgical activity of both surgeons and assistants. The present paper describes a rational technique that also exploits the guided surgery approach for design and preparation of a lateral window for sinus augmentation, the Low Window Sinus Lift. To illustrate the use of this approach, a case is presented in which the 50-year-old patient had the left maxillary first molar extracted, followed two months later by sinus augmentation and placement of three implants. One year after delivery of the definitive prosthesis, all three implants were successful, and the prosthesis was fully functional. Controlled studies should be undertaken to assess whether this technique provides significant advantages compared to other sinus augmentation approaches.