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Oral & Craniofacial Tissue Engineering
Oral & Craniofacial Tissue Engineering 2 (2012), No. 1     15. Mar. 2012
Oral & Craniofacial Tissue Engineering 2 (2012), No. 1  (15.03.2012)

Page 44-49

A Novel Dental Implant System with an Internal Port for Endoscopic Closed Sinus Augmentation: A Feasibility Study in Pigs
Nahlieli, Oded / Casap, Nardy / Moshonov, Joshua / Zagury, Amy / Michali, Eli / Samuni, Yuval
Purpose: This study describes the use of an innovative dynamic implant valve approach (DIVA) for dental implant placement and sinus augmentation procedures.
Materials and Methods: The DIVA implant system was tested in vitro for leakage and mechanical fatigue. A closed sinus elevation procedure with a gel-type bone substitute was performed using the DIVA implant in a swine model (n = 6). Implants were placed and evaluated radiographically and histologically.
Results: Elevation of the maxillary sinus membrane and augmentation were performed in a simple, minimally invasive fashion. Histologic analyses demonstrated complete sealing of the DIVA implant and excellent osseointegration.
Conclusion: The DIVA can be used as a simplified viable option for dental implantation and augmentation procedures. Hermetic sealing of this implant system, which features an inner screw, renders it safe.

Keywords: dental endoscopy, implant dentistry, maxillary sinus elevation