Intraoperative Nasal Transillumination for Maxillary Sinus Augmentation Procedures: A Technical Note
Thomas J. Borris, DDS, Charles R. Weber, DMD.
This article presents a simple, inexpensive method for precisely locating the floor of the maxillary sinus, as well as the presence of any septa, at the time of sinus augmentation surgery. Using an anesthesia light wand placed transnasally to illuminate the sinus, the surgeon can reliably elevate the lateral maxillary wall overlying the sinus with relative ease without fear of placing the osteotomy cuts too far from the sinus floor. The same procedure can be used postoperatively to evaluate the density of the bone graft placed into the sinus prior to closure. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1998;13:569–570) Key words: light wand, maxillary sinus, sinus augmentation, transillumination