Treatment options for odontogenic maxillary sinusitis: a review

Stomatologija. 2018;20(1):22-26.


Objective: The aim of this article is to review the main treatment options for odontogenic sinusitis that are used today.

Material and methods: Search on PubMed, Cochrane Library, PMC, Science Direct data bases. For a literature review search keywords were used: odontogenic sinusitis, odontogenic maxillary sinusitis treatment OR diagnosis, maxillary sinusitis of dental source OR dental origin OR etiology.

Results: 2886 articles were found in the databases using keywords. After duplicate citations screened, inclusion/exclusion criteria applied, excluded articles after titles, summaries and full-text reading 25 articles were included in the literature review.

Conclusion: Although clinical symptomatology is not conspicuous among other types of sinusitis, the odontogenic maxillary sinusitis treatment regimen is different. It consists of eliminating dental infection and management of sinusitis. The usage of Caldwell-Luc approach is limited these days and recommended only when a better access to sinus is needed, for example, removing large foreign bodies. Endoscopic sinus surgery is widely used these days to remove the inflamed sinus mucosa, foreign bodies, displaced teeth, while preserving physiological function of the sinus. Sometimes dental infection removal alone is sufficient to resolve the odontogenic maxillary sinusitis, but sometimes concomitant endoscopic sinus surgery or Caldwell-Luc approach is necessary for full resolution.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopy
  • Focal Infection, Dental / complications
  • Focal Infection, Dental / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Maxillary Sinus / surgery*
  • Maxillary Sinusitis / etiology
  • Maxillary Sinusitis / surgery*
  • Maxillary Sinusitis / therapy
  • Tooth Diseases / complications*
  • Tooth Diseases / therapy