The Open Dentistry Journal

ISSN: 1874-2106 ― Volume 13, 2019

Surgical Options In Oroantral Fistula Treatment

Andrea Enrico Borgonovo 1, Frederick Valerio Berardinelli 2, *, Marco Favale 2, Carlo Maiorana 3
1 School of Oral Surgery, University of Milan, Italy
2 Department of Oral Surgery Dental Clinic, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
3 School of Oral Surgery, University of Milan Head Department of Implantology Dental Clinic Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy


Oral fistula (OAF) is a pathological communication between the oral cavity and maxillary sinus which has its origin either from iatrogenic complications or from dental infections, osteomyelitis, radiation therapy or trauma. OAF closures can be achieved using different flaps which show both advantages and limitations. Therefore they all need careful consideration in order to select the best approach depending on the situation. The most widely employed flaps are of three types: vestibular flap, palatal flap and buccal fat pad Flap(BFP). The authors present three cases of OAF with the different techniques. It is suggested that the buccal flap is best applied in the case of large fistulas located in the anterior region, the palatal flap is suitable to correct premolar defects and the BFP flap for wide posterior OAFs.

Keywords: Buccal flap, buccal pad of fat, oroantral fistula, palatal flap.

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Year: 2012
Volume: 6
First Page: 94
Last Page: 98
Publisher Id: TODENTJ-6-94
DOI: 10.2174/1874210601206010094

Article History:

Received Date: 23/2/2012
Revision Received Date: 18/4/2012
Acceptance Date: 19/4/2012
Electronic publication date: 1/6/2012
Collection year: 2012

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