Sinus lift with dental implants: to graft or not to graft

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The Scottish Dental Registrars on a recent review of dental implants combined with sinus augmentation (sinus lift): what is the merit of bone grafting?

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Only weak evidence available of the impact of smoking on survival of implants placed in augmented areas of maxillary sinus

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Grafting to augment the floor of the maxillary sinus prior to placement of dental implants in the resorbed maxillary is an increasingly used technique. The aim of this review was to evaluate the effects of smoking on the survival rate of dental implants placed in areas of maxillary sinus floor augmentation. Searches were conducted in [read the full story…]

Limited low quality evidence for success rate of implants placed in horizontal and vertical guided bone regenerated areas

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A certain amount of bone is required for the placement of dental implants  and a range of techniques applied to  reconstruct alveolar bone in order to place dental  implants.  The aim of this review was to assess the success rate of implants placed in horizontal and vertical guided bone regenerated (GBR) areas. What did they [read the full story…]