Article: Volume 47 Number 7 Page 584 - July/August 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 584-593

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  The Maxillary Sinus: What the General Dental Team Need to Know Part 4: Dental Implant Treatment and the Effect on Maxillary Sinus Function

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Abstract: This paper, the last of a 4-part series, will discuss the impact of dental implant treatment on the health of the maxillary sinus. The need for assessment of maxillary sinus health and function, both clinically and radiographically, will be discussed. Strategies for implant planning that can reduce and mitigate complications will also be discussed, along with common surgical/post-surgery complications and the impact of these on patients.

Clinical relevance: The Dental Team should be aware of the factors taken into consideration when implants involving the atrophic maxillary alveolus are planned, or provided, in relation to normal function of the maxillary sinus.

Author notes: Colin Campbell, BDS, FDS RCS, Specialist in Oral Surgery with sub-specialty interest in Implantology, The Campbell Clinic, Nottingham, NG2 7JS, Garmon W Bell, BDS, MSc, FDC RCS, FFD RCSI(OS), Associate Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries, DG3 8RX, Iain MacLeod, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS, FRCR DDRRCR FHEA, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology and Specialist in Oral Medicine, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4BW and James C Darcey, BDS, MSc, MDPH MFGDP, MEndo FDS(Rest Dent), Consultant and Honorary Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Specialist in Endodontics, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Manchester, M15 6FH, UK.

Objective: To describe the impact on the maxillary sinus of dental implant treatment in the posterior maxilla, discuss possible complications and suggest strategies for treatment.

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