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Volume 21 , Issue 6
November/December 2001

Pages 599-607

The Modified Osteotome Technique

Mithridade Davarpanah, MD, DDS, Henry Martinez, DDS, Jean-François Tecucianu, MD, DDS, Georges Hage, DDS, Richard Lazzara, DMD, MScD,

PMID: 11794571
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0444

Patients who have been partially edentulous in the posterior segments for many years frequently present with reduced alveolar bone and/or enlarged sinuses. The choice of treatment for these patients will depend on the volume of residual bone, morphology of the alveolar crest, and amount of space available for the prosthesis. A new, minimally invasive surgical procedure using Summers osteotomes is described for the treatment of the edentulous posterior maxilla in which the bone thickness below the sinus is limited ( 5 mm). This suggested modified treatment is based on the use of a combination of osteotomes, drills, and screw-type implants with a rough surface texture. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2001;21:599C607.)

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