Systematic review of survival rates for implants placed in the grafted maxillary sinus

Massimo Del Fabbro, Tiziano Testori, Luca Francetti, Roberto Weinstein

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Based on a systematic review of the literature from 1986 to 2002, this study sought to determine the survival rate of root-form dental implants placed in the grafted maxillary sinus. Secondary goals were to determine the effects of graft material, implant surface characteristics, and simultaneous versus delayed placement on survival rate. A search of the main electronic databases was performed in addition to a hand search of the most relevant journals. All relevant articles were screened according to specific inclusion criteria. Selected papers were reviewed for data extraction. The search yielded 252 articles applicable to sinus grafts associated with implant treatment. Of these, 39 met the inclusion criteria for qualitative data analysis. Only 3 of the articles were randomized controlled trials. The overall implant survival rate for the 39 included studies was 91.49%. The database included 6,913 implants placed in 2,046 subjects with loaded follow-up time ranging from 12 to 75 months. Implant survival was 87.70% with grafts of 100% autogenous bone, 94.88% when combining autogenous bone with various bone substitutes, and 95.98% with bone grafts consisting of bone substitutes alone. The survival rate for implants having smooth and rough surfaces was 85.64% and 95.98%, respectively. Simultaneous and delayed procedures displayed similar survival rates of 92.17% and 92.93%, respectively. When implants are placed in grafted maxillary sinuses, the performance of rough implants is superior to that of smooth implants. Bone-substitute materials are as effective as autogenous bone when used alone or in combination with autogenous bone. Studies using a split-mouth design with one variable are needed to further validate the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-577
Number of pages13
JournalThe International journal of periodontics & restorative dentistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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