At this course, the attendees will be given a step by step description of how to handle sinus augmentations, from a crestal approach, for sinus floor thicknesses that are less than 3 mm, 4 to 6 mm, and greater than 7 mm. The lecture will include patient selection criteria, preoperative planning, a thorough description of the use of drills with stops, navigation systems, and the use of crestal window approaches. Video of the techniques will be shown to illustrate the relatively simple and minimally invasive technique. In addition, the techniques for simultaneous sinus augmentation with implant placement will be shown. The use of L-PRF to hydrate the grafts and enhance initial healing will be discussed and demonstrated.
This approach minimizes the need for lateral window approaches, which can result in patient post-operative conditions that limit their ability to return to work. The crestal approach patients usually use non-narcotic pain medication and return to work the next day.