Pascal Valentini, DDS
Grafting the floor of the maxillary is recognized as a highly successful and predictable method to attain sufficient bone height for posterior maxillary implant placement. While the sinus elevation procedure can be considered by some to be a relatively invasive procedure, reports show a low incidence of surgical and postsurgical complications. The most common complications that can occur in relation with the procedure are either or anatomical or infectious origin. Anatomical particularities, like the sinus shape, a sinus septum or the presence of the alveolar antral artery can lead to operative difficulties, while infectious complications are mainly due to a per-operative contamination or an improper evaluation of the sinus health prior to the surgery. In every situation, a thorough knowledge of sinus anatomy and the use of appropriate surgical methodology and instrumentation will allow the practitioner to avoid most pitfalls associated with that procedure.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify maxillary sinus diseases; 2) prevent maxillary sinus complications; 3) manage maxillary sinus complications; and 4) describe how to collaborate with the ENT.