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Volume 29 , Issue 1
January/February 2009

Pages 81-87


Displacement of a Dental Implant into the Maxillary Sinus: Report of an Unusual Complication when Performing Staged Sinus Floor Elevation Procedures

Vivianne Chappuis, DDS/Valérie G. A. Suter, DDS/Michael M. Bornstein, DDS


PMID: 19244885
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0840

Grafting of the maxillary sinus in both one- and two-stage protocols has become a highly predictable surgical technique for site development and for the placement of implants to support dentures. However, despite the predictability and high success rates reported for dental implants placed either simultaneously with or after a sinus floor elevation (SFE) procedure, complications have been reported. The aim of the following case report is to present an uncommon complication in a staged SFE procedure: the displacement of a dental implant into the maxillary sinus during insertion. As implant dentistry is becoming more and more popular among practitioners, and ever more demanding procedures for initial site development in jaws with bony deficiencies are being introduced into daily practice, the displacement of dental implants into the maxillary sinus during implant placement may become a more frequent complication. Management of this complication is presented, discussed, and evaluated in light of the current literature. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2009;29:81–87.)


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