Sinus floor elevation with the lateral window approach has proven to be an effective treatment modality for vertical bone augmentation in the posterior region of the maxilla. The simultaneous implant placement during the procedure can be achieved if enough remaining bone height is available to obtain implant primary stability. However, the proper identification of the maxillary sinus boundaries for the window demarcation along with membrane protection for simultaneous implant placement can be challenging. This clinical report demonstrates a novel technique for sinus floor augmentation using a 3D modified implant-osseous-membrane surgical template to assist in the lateral window demarcation, membrane stabilization and protection, and guided implant placement in a partially edentulous patient who was eligible for one-stage sinus floor elevation. The surgical procedure for the sinus demarcation is simplified, the membrane stabilization and protection are effective, and the guided implant placement provided a predictable surgical positioning of the implants.
Keywords: CAD/CAM, guided implant surgery, guided sinus floor elevation, sinus floor elevation, 3D printing