|CASE REPORT - SURGERY
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 347-351
Implant placement into the nasopalatine foramen: Considerations from anatomical and surgical point of view
Mukesh Kumar Singhal1, Ramakant Dandriyal2, Asish Aggarwal3, Anshika Agarwal4, Sudhir Yadav5, Prashant Baranwal5
1 Department of Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge Including Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Surgery, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of OMDR, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of MDS Students, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||26-Dec-2018|
Prof. Mukesh Kumar Singhal
17-B Prakash puram, Opposite Private Ward Gate of Civil Hospital, Saharanpur - 247 001, Uttar Pradesh
Implant placement is a challenge in the anterior maxilla if the available bone is reduced and esthetics is challenging. The ideal implant position should be considered in all three dimensions: mesiodistal, apicocoronal, and orofacial. This article includes a review and a case report for the anatomical and clinical perspective of implant placement in nasopalatine foramen (near incisal canal). In this case report, the edentulous space is mutilated in between the area #12 and #21 teeth. Therefore, only one, 3.0 W/10.00 L implant (bone size 4.2 mm width and 11 mm length) could be placed. Radiographically, D2 bone quality was diagnosed. Before surgery, an emphasis was given over the proper implant selection to avoid oversized implants due to critical anatomical landmark. Careful and with minimal trauma, the soft tissue was handled and implant placement was performed in a proper position, using information from panoramic radiograph, 3-D Dentascan. A surgical guide was used for placement of the implant. Finally, immediate loading of temporary implant prosthesis was done. The primary outcome was satisfactory, as after 72 h, no swelling and numbness were reported. The patient has been recalled after healing period of 24 weeks for permanent restoration.
Keywords: Bone expansion, dental implants, esthetics, imaging modalities, nasopalatine foramen region
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Singhal MK, Dandriyal R, Aggarwal A, Agarwal A, Yadav S, Baranwal P. Implant placement into the nasopalatine foramen: Considerations from anatomical and surgical point of view. Ann Maxillofac Surg 2018;8:347-51
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Singhal MK, Dandriyal R, Aggarwal A, Agarwal A, Yadav S, Baranwal P. Implant placement into the nasopalatine foramen: Considerations from anatomical and surgical point of view. Ann Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Aug 4];8:347-51. Available from: https://www.amsjournal.com/text.asp?2018/8/2/347/248570
| Introduction|| |
Implant rehabilitation of the edentulous anterior maxilla remains one of the most complex restorative challenges because of several variables that affect the esthetic and functional aspects of prostheses. The intricate preexisting anatomy dictates meticulous and accurate osteotomy planning into a premaxilla reconstruction.,, In the postextraction phase,, the high resorption rate of the maxilla could be jeopardized with the surgical osteotomy preparation and prosthesis retention. With progressive bone loss, the alveolar crest may approach to the anatomic structures. The nasopalatine nerve and vessels emerge from the crest of the ridge with palatal migration of the anterior maxillary alveolus. Careful consideration is necessary when an implant is positioned in the maxillary central incisors because of the proximity of the nasopalatine canal (incisive canal) and its contents. Difficulties and anatomic limitations regarding the location of the nasopalatine canal in relation to maxillary central incisor implants have been reported. In 4% of the computed tomographic scans, the canal size was an impediment for placing root-form implants in this area. Augmentation of the area before or at the same time as implant placement is indicated in cases, in which the nasopalatine foramen is in proximity to the location of the future osteotomy.,,
The nasopalatine canal is described as being located in the midline of the palate, posterior to the central maxillary incisors. The funnel-shaped oral opening of the canal in the midline of the anterior palate is known as the incisive foramen and is usually located immediately below the incisal papilla.
The canal divides further into two canals on its way to the nasal cavity and terminates at the nasal floor with one or two openings, the foramina of Stenson, at either side of the septum. The canal contains the nasopalatine (incisal) nerve and the terminal branch of the descending nasopalatine artery, as well as fibrous connective tissue, fat, and even small salivary glands., Nevertheless, anatomical variations of the nasopalatine canal are not very well documented in the literature. The average nasopalatine foramen is 4.6 mm wide and is located 7.4 mm from the labial surface of a nonresorbed ridge. The nasopalatine canal (mean length, 8.1 mm) exits at the incisal foramen.
The anatomic variants of the canal were differentiated into three groups [Figure 1] in the vein of (a) a single canal, (b) two parallel canals, (c) variations of the Y-type of canal with one oral/palatal opening (¼ incisal foramen) and two or more nasal openings (¼ foramina of Stenson).
In the case reported here, the incisal foramen had to be used for implant placement because the mesiodistal space between the both laterals was strongly reduced, leaving space only for one implant and one tooth thereon.
| Case Report|| |
A 19-year-old male reported for the replacement of anterior missing teeth. On intraoral examination, two teeth were missing #12 and #21 in the maxilla. A mutilated edentulous space for only a single tooth was present. Mandibular arch was completely dentulous [Figure 2]. Clinical and radiographic examination revealed that remaining teeth were periodontally sound with no mobility and periapical pathology [Figure 3]. Various prosthetic treatment modalities were explained to the patient. Among the treatment options, the patient decided for a fixed prosthesis on a single implant.
Proper case history of the patient was recorded including medical history which was noncontributory. A routine blood investigation and dental and oral examination were also carried out. Diagnostic impressions and casts were prepared. Dentascan was done to evaluate the dimensions of available bone and an appropriate-sized implant [Figure 4]. Dentascan revealed that edentulous space between two missing central incisors was only 8.5 mm mesiodistally while bone was 4.2 mm in width and 11 mm in length, sagittally and coronally, respectively [Figure 4] and [Figure 5]. Adin Touareg-S 3 W/10 L implant was decided for placement. A surgical template in the form of conventional removable partial denture was prepared along with gutta-percha radiographic marker. Subsequently, the position of implant was decided before the surgery.
A full mucoperiosteal surgical flap protocol was planned. Preoperative antibiotics (combination of amoxicillin-250 mg, cloxacillin-250 mg and clavulanic acid-125 mg before ½ h) were given to the patient. Local anesthesia was infiltrated in incisive foramina and into the buccal sulcus. Incision was made beyond the boundary of incisive papilla [Figure 6], [Figure 7], [Figure 8]. With the help of template placed on the crest of the ridge, lance (1.5 mm) and pilot drill (2 mm) were used for marking the point for implant placement [Figure 9]. Paralleling tool was placed to check for angulations of the implant [Figure 10]. Sequential drilling was not done because a protocol of bone expansion is followed [Figure 11] and [Figure 12]. Transmucosal extension (healing abutment) was given for 24 h [Figure 13]. Postoperatively, radiograph showed a well placed single implant [Figure 14]. The patient was kept under postoperative care which included administration of antibiotics (combination of amoxicillin-250 mg, cloxacillin-250 mg, and clavulanic acid-125 mg, TDS for 5 days), analgesics (diclofenac sodium 50 mg + paracetamol 500 mg, SOS), metrogyl (400 mg BD for 3 days), and noninflammatory enzymes as trypsin and chymotrypsin along with probiotics. Maintenance of oral hygiene emphasized means of mouthwash. Immediate loading was done after 48 h by a temporary self cure acrylic prosthesis without any occlusal or functional contact [Figure 15]. After 6 months, the final all ceramic crown was fabricated and delivered [Figure 16].
|Figure 7: Mucoperiosteal flap (reflection view) showing incisive foramina|
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| Discussion|| |
A large incisive canal (mean canal length was 10.86–2.67 mm, and mean diameter was 2.59–0.91 mm) may be an obstacle to implant placement in the central incisor region. Whenever a large canal is present, it generally results in some numbness of the anterior palatal tissue, after implant surgery. In some other cases, missing facial bone wall (during surgery) may be augmented using a proper surgical technique, such as guided bone regeneration with barrier membranes and appropriate bone grafts and/or bone substitutes.
The potential factor of esthetic implant “emerging profile” was reviewed on the basis such as horizontal or vertical bone deficiencies and iatrogenic factors such as improper implant selection and malpositioning of dental implant.
In this case report, a buccal bony cortical plate expansion is done by bone expanders (dimensions: tip 1.6 mm and crest 2.6 mm) and also by the self-drilling of implant. The bone expansion helps in osseodensification which provides in good osseointegration. This perspective will keep the implant buccally and prevent pressure on the nasopalatine fossa (Authors gave and advocate more pressure on buccal wall and less pressure on lingual wall at the time of osseodensification). Preplanning and review of anatomy of the region before surgical procedures helped to avoid the problems. Subsequently, in three dimensions such as mesiodistally, buccolingually, and apicocoronally, the implant was well placed. However, if after tooth extractions and with age the maxilla atrophies in all directions, the nasopalatine canal tends to enlarge itself in all dimensions (as a result of exactly this 3D-atrophy). The palatal opening (the incisive foramen) enlarges by a mean of 32% and may occupy up to 58% of the alveolar ridge width in the potential area of the two central incisor implants. Therefore, smaller-sized implants are a solution to anterior maxilla (Adin Touareg-S 3 W/10 L implant).
| Conclusions|| |
Familiarity, with the anatomic structures pertaining to dental Implantology, is critically important. In this case report, implant is placed adjacent to nasopalatine canal, and at the same time, buccal plate was expanded so as to maintain the width of the bone. A surgical template was utilized for reaching the desired position and orientation of the dental implant. Dentascan provided the visualized information of the maxillary arch in cross-sectional and tangential/panoramic images that enabled the accurate preprosthetic treatment planning. The case proved to be a success owing to the coordinated teamwork of a radiologist, a maxillofacial surgeon, and a prosthodontist.
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