Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2003 Oct;46(10):886-889.

A Case of Acute Unilateral Maxillary Sinusitis Developed after Dental Implant

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Maryknoll General Hospital, Busan, Korea. kingcat3@hanmail.net


Recently, alloy dental implant is frequently performed in dentistry. The complications of a dental implant include maxillary sinusitis, oroantral fistula, displacement of implants and others. Maxillary sinusitis among these complications is one of the severe complications, which is being reported to occur rarely. The complications of dental implant are often accompanied by gingival swelling, pain, fistula and other symptoms, for which immediate therapeutic measures may be implemented. Nevertheless, as the authors encountered, overlooking secondary nasal symptoms of a dental implant may lead patients to rely merely on drug treatment without realizing the particular causes for such symptoms. The authors experienced a case with acute unilateral maxillary sinusitis developed after dental implant performed at the dental clinic, which was alleviated by performing endoscopic sinus surgery. Such complication has been rarely reported overseas, nor domestically. By reporting this case, we aimed to call attention to the complication of sinusitis and to take into consideration of implant displacement in suspicious cases of acute maxillary sinusitis.


Dental implant; Maxillary sinusitis; Complications
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