On many occasions the maxillary sinus (antrum) is in close proximity to surgical sites in the mouth and can therefore become involved in operative complications.
The clinician must be familiar with common pathology affecting the maxillary sinus.
An outline of the pathological conditions affecting the maxillary sinus is provided.
Indications for sinus surgery are outlined.
The maxillary sinus is the largest of the four paranasal sinuses and, being anatomically adjacent to the dentate region of the maxilla, is commonly a source of problems – not simply in terms of conditions affecting the sinus but also in establishing an accurate diagnosis. As anyone who has suffered both sinusitis and a dental abscess in the posterior maxilla will tell you, the symptoms are almost indistinguishable. For this reason, a sound understanding of the maxillary sinus is an essential requisite for all dentists.
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Our thanks to Mr David Roberts, ENT Consultant Kings Health Partners for reviewing the chapter.
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Renton, T., Durham, J. & Hill, C. Oral surgery II: Part 2. The maxillary sinus (antrum) and oral surgery. Br Dent J 223, 483–493 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.858
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