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Volume 20 , Issue 5
September/October 2000

Pages 477-485

Simplifying Management of the Posterior Maxilla Using Short, Porous-Surfaced Dental Implants and Simultaneous Indirect Sinus Elevation

Douglas Deporter, DDS, PhD/Reynaldo Todescan, DDS, PhD/Suzanne Caudry, DDS, MSc, PhD

PMID: 11203585
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0379

This article describes the use of short, porous-surfaced root-form dental implants and an indirect, simultaneous, osteotome-mediated sinus elevation procedure to restore the posterior maxilla when as little as 3 mm of bone remain below the sinus floor. Results with 16 patients who are part of an ongoing prospective clinical trial using the Endopore implant show 100% success (using established criteria) with a mean implant length of 6.9 mm and a mean functional time of 11.1 months. This treatment approach greatly simplifies the management of the posterior maxilla with minimal bone height below the sinus floor.

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