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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Comparison between Platelet-rich Fibrin and Saline Filling after Sinus Elevation without Adjunctive Bone Graft in Dental Implants Insertion Using CBCT

Akbar Naqvi, Gaurav Mishra, Siddharth Shahi, Parul Shakarwal, Abhishek Singh, Rohit Singh

Keywords : Cone-beam computed tomography, Hydraulic transcrestal sinus lifting, Saline, Platelet-rich fibrin

Citation Information : Naqvi A, Mishra G, Shahi S, Shakarwal P, Singh A, Singh R. Comparison between Platelet-rich Fibrin and Saline Filling after Sinus Elevation without Adjunctive Bone Graft in Dental Implants Insertion Using CBCT. J Contemp Dent Pract 2023; 24 (1):9-15.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-3474

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 04-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: The goal of this research was to compare radiographically the outcomes of hydraulic transcrestal sinus lifting with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) or normal saline filling on implant survival rates, negative outcomes, and variations in the height of residual alveolar ridge (HARB). Materials and methods: There were 80 study participants included and 90 dental implants were placed. The study participants were divided into two categories: Category A and Category B. Each category consists of 40 study participants. Category A: Normal saline was placed in the maxillary sinus. Category B: PRF was placed in the maxillary sinus. Implant survival, complications, and HARB alterations were the outcome metrics. Radiographic images through Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) were retrieved and compared prior to surgery (T0), immediately following surgery (T1), three months later (T2), 6 months later (T3), and 12 months later (T4). Results: There are 90 implants having an average length of 10.5 ± 0.7 mm were inserted into the posterior portion of the maxilla of 80 patients with an average HARB of 6.9 ± 1.2 mm. At T1, elevation in HARB peaked, and the sinus membrane continued to droop but steadied while observed at T3. The steady increment of areas of radiopacities was noticed below the elevated membrane of the maxillary antrum. A radiographic intrasinus bone increase of 2.9 ± 1.4 mm was caused by the PRF filling, compared to 1.8 ± 1.1 mm by the saline filling at T4 (p < 0.05). Over the course of the one-year follow-up period, all of the implants were operating normally with no major issues. Conclusion: Platelet-rich fibrin when used as a filling medium alone without bone graft can cause significant ascend in height of the residual alveolar bone (HRAB). Clinical significance: The degradation of the alveolar bone under the maxillary sinus following tooth loss frequently restricts the placement of the implant in the edentulous region of posterior maxilla. Numerous sinus-lifting surgery procedures and tools have been developed to address these problems. It has been a topic of debate regarding the benefits of bone grafts placed at the apical region of the implant. The sharp protrusions of the granules of bone graft may also provide a danger of membrane puncture. Recently, it was shown that regular bone gain might occur inside the maxillary antrum without the use of any bone transplant material. Additionally, if there were substances that filled the gap between the floor of the sinus and the raised sinus membrane, then the membrane of the maxillary sinus could be raised greater and for a longer period of time during the phase of formation of new bone formation.

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