The crestal approach: Antral membrane elevation via a post graft

Muna Soltan, Dennis Smiler, Michelle Ghostine, Hari S. Prasad, Michael D. Rohrer

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The crestal approach to elevating the antral membrane by a resorbable StemVie Post is a modification of the sinus lift technique. This technique can add 4 to 10 mm bone height for severely atrophic ridges in areas that are difficult to access through a lateral window. The procedure is minimally invasive, simple, predictable, and has less postoperative morbidity because of smaller flap design and minimal osteotomy. If sufficient alveolar bone is present for stabilization, an implant can be placed simultaneous with antral elevation and graft. The StemVie Post completely resorbs and is replaced by the patient’s own bone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e53-e60
JournalImplant Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011


  • Bone graft
  • Crestal sinus lift
  • Post graft
  • Tissue engineering


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