Growth of the maxillary sinus in children and adolescents: A longitudinal study. Academic Article uri icon


  • Maxillary sinus volumetric and surface area data and growth models from longitudinal samples of children and adolescents are presented. Cone-beam radiographic CT scans from two small retrospective longitudinal samples, one from the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX (N=17, 12 females, 5 males, 10.9-17.4 years) and one from a group private orthodontic practice in Nevada (N=15, 9 females, 6 males, 6.4-13.4 years) were used to collect maxillary sinus volumes and surface areas from each individual imaged at two times separated by variable intervals. Volume and surface area values were collected in Analyze (Mayo Clinic) and growth models were produced in MLwiN, a multi-level modeling program. There is a large degree of inter-individual variation. Surface area and surface-area-to-volume ratio (SA:V) changes are particularly variable. Growth models suggest linear growth in both volume and surface area, without growth spurts.

published proceedings

  • Homo

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, S. L., Buschang, P. H., & Dechow, P. C.

complete list of authors

  • Smith, SL||Buschang, PH||Dechow, PC

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM