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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Sinus and dental implants

04/03/2009

Question:

I have 2 long dental implants that actually go through the sinus cavities and attach to my cheek bone. For 2-1/2 years I have had one sinus infection after the other and 2 sinus surgeries. I would like to know what the dental community’s position is on such a practice and if the dental implants could be causing the sinus problems. In 2000 the implants went in and I had no problems for years. Thanks.

Answer:

In general, there has not been an increase in sinus problems associated with dental implants. Chronic sinus problems are endemic in some parts of the country and occur regardless; most infections associated with dental implants near the sinus occur shortly after their placement, as a surgical complication.  

 

I don't have enough information to give you specific advice, but I can relate to you that it is rare for dental implants to be the cause of sinus infections so long after their surgical placement.

 

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University