Trans-implant treatment of chronic recurrent maxillary sinusitis via dynamic implants with an internal port: Experience with 31 cases

O. Nahlieli, R. A. Dar, Amiel A. Dror, M. Abba, E. Sela, S. Srouji

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This study was performed to test a protocol for trans-implant treatment of chronic recurrent maxillary sinusitis (CRS), via implants with an internal removable sealing screw. The appropriate indications for treatment, optimal number of treatment sessions, and general schedule of treatment and follow-up were assessed. This was a retrospective study of 31 patients with CRS who were managed with trans-implant lavage. Of these patients, 28 (referred for a sinus elevation procedure) underwent a simultaneous implantation procedure and treatment of the sinusitis. Three patients received treatment for sinusitis via an already existing implant. The suggested sinusitis treatment protocol includes the drainage of pus through the punctured sinus floor and three sessions of antral irrigation/lavage, four cone beam computed tomography scans, and four transnasal endoscopic observations. The suggested combined protocol includes the simultaneous evaluation of the implant status and the sinusitis treatment results on days 30 and 60 after surgery. Of the 31 patients, 28 (90%) had complete relief of most of their symptoms (nasal obstruction/discharge, anosmia/hyposmia) up to day 30 postoperative. Follow-up nasal endoscopy demonstrated no evidence of active sinus disease. Twenty-seven implants were well-osseointegrated and were still in use for prosthetic purposes. In one case, the implantation failed because of poor bone quality. For the remaining 30 cases, both clinical and radiological results showed stability of the implants and no CRS recurrence during the whole follow-up period. The dental implant with an internal central port and an integral sealing screw may be used for drainage, irrigation, observation, and further treatment of the maxillary sinus in cases of CRS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-965
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020

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  • chronic recurrent sinusitis
  • dental implants
  • lavage
  • maxillary sinus


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