The aim of the study was to investigate the feasibility of using fistulas tract as a tissue.
Twelve adult patients suffering from chronic OAF were included in the study. New technique using the chronic fistulas tract as a plug to close the oroantral fistula.
The surgical procedure was well tolerated by all patients. With excellent closure of the oroantral fistula, no intraoperative or postoperative complications were noted.
The present study offers the use of fistulas tract itself to act as a tissue plug of antral floor defect, using buccal or palatal flap on top of it; hence, double-layer closure could be easily achieved.
aOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Specialized Dental and Teaching Hospital
bOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Correspondence to Yasser Nabil, PhD (OMFS), MDS, FDSRCS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Specialized Dental and Teaching Hospital, PO Box 4048, Cairo, Egypt Tel: +002 0226716681; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received September 29, 2013
Accepted January 29, 2014