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SOURCE Dr. Afar
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The source of an Italian woman's sinus problems has been determined to be a dental implant that had migrated through the bone and into the sinus cavity near her eye. Dr. Bijan Afar, Los Angeles dentist and well-known dental implants expert, explains.
Dental implants are one of the most predictable and safest procedures in modern dentistry, according to Los Angeles dental implants dentist, Dr. Afar. In rare cases, an improperly placed implant or bone loss around the implant can lead to the loss of an implant or migration such as this woman suffered. Dental implants are designed to replace tooth roots, which do occasionally extend into the sinus. This can result in dental implants also extending into the sinus. Careful examination of the underlying structure can ensure that appropriate care is taken before the placement of the implants, and attentive follow-up care can catch early signs that indicate a problem may be developing.
The case, which was recounted in the "New England Journal of Medicine," describes the woman's experience. The woman had the implant replaced just two years prior to the incident. It was intended to support a restoration in her upper jaw. The implant was not visible when the woman sought medical help, and she underwent testing, including a CT scan that revealed the implant's new location. Surgery was performed to remove the implant and alleviate the sinus discomfort.
About Dr. Afar
Dr. Bijan Afar provides dental implants and various other treatments that can improve the success rate of implants, including gum grafts, bone grafts and crown lengthening. Dr. Afar is a premier Los Angeles dentist and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. After graduating from UCLA's School of Dentistry, Dr. Afar was awarded with the Hortense Fishbaugh Fellowship, the California State Fellowship and the NIH's Dentist-Scientist Fellowship. He continued his education in the fields of periodontology and oral implantology and earned his advanced decree. A recognized expert in his field, Dr. Afar is much sought after as a lecturer and is currently a member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. For more information about Dr. Afar, visit http://www.oralimplants.com.
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