J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2021 May-Jun;35(3 Suppl. 1):139-145. doi: 10.23812/21-3supp1-16.

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Guided sinus lift: virtual planning of surgical templates for lateral access

Cecchetti F1, Spuntarelli M2, Mazza D1, Di Girolamo M3, Baggi L1,3.

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1  Department of Social Dentistry and Gnathological Rehabilitation, National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP), Rome, Italy.
2  Private practice, Rome, Italy.
3  Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.


The sinus lift with lateral approach is a regenerative technique nowadays considered predictable to increase the height of bone in the atrophic posterior maxilla. Knowledge of sinus anatomy and evaluation of risk factors are the basis of regenerative and rehabilitative surgical success. The positioning and size of the lateral antrostomy represent critical factors in the execution of regenerative surgery, due to the difficulty in transferring radiological information to the lateral wall of the maxillary sinus even for skilled surgeons. The knowhow of guided implant surgery in recent years is also finding use in planning and precisely delineating the lateral access to the maxillary sinus using CBCT imaging and dimensional reconstruction software, through the realization of surgical guides with 3D printing, as shown in the presented case.


3-D print guide, sinus augmentation, sinus lift, surgical guide

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