A Split-Mouth Design Comparison for Lateral and Crestal Sinus Lift Techniques with Dental Implants Placements: Short Communication

Saad Al-Almaie1, *, Abdul Majeed Kavarodi2, Ali Alorf3, Saeed Alzahrani4
1 Medical Administration, King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran 31932, KSA
2 Department of Dental Surgery, King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran 31932, KSA
3 Department of Radiology, King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran 31932, KSA
4 Department of Training and Education, King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran 31932, KSA

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The objective of this study is to compare and evaluate the effectiveness of implant placement and patient appraisal for two sinus lift techniques using both crestal and lateral techniques for bilateral sinus left in a split-mouth design.


All implants were successfully osseointegrated without any clinical complications or peri-implant radiolucency during the follow-up period of maximum 3 years.


In terms of outcomes postoperative vertigo showed to be a major concern with the crestal approach, this approach is preferred over the lateral technique because of the reduced time required for the procedure and because it is less invasive.


Most patients preferred the crestal approach over the lateral approach due to the delay in implant placement.

Keywords: Split-Mouth design, Sinus floor elevation, Lateral and crestal approaches, Visual analog scale, Implant placement, Peri-implant radiolucency.