Complications when augmenting the posterior maxilla

Paul Fugazzotto, Philip R. Melnick, Mohanad Al-Sabbagh

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The maxillary posterior edentulous region presents a challenge when planning for restoring missing teeth with a dental implant. The available bone in such cases is often not dense and not adequate for the placement of a properly sized implant because of maxillary sinus pneumatization and alveolar bone loss. Maxillary sinus lift is a predictable procedure to provide adequate bone height for the purpose of implant placement. However, complications are encountered during or after the execution of the sinus lift procedure. In this article, the prevention and management of maxillary sinus complications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-130
Number of pages34
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Bone augmentation
  • Complications of sinus lift
  • Lateral window
  • Osteotome
  • Sinus lift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)


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