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Treatment of a narrow, single tooth edentulous area with mini-dental implants: a clinical report.

Dilek OC, et al. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2007.

Abstract

The narrowing of an extraction site often becomes problematic when attempting to restore the space with a conventional wide-diameter implant. A woman is presented who was treated with a square head, mini-dental implant-supported fixed denture for a maxillary with a narrowed edentulous area, with a mesiodistal width of 5 mm. The implant, with a diameter of 2.4 mm, was inserted without reflecting the mucoperiosteal flap and was loaded immediately. During 12 months of follow-up, there has been no bone resorption and no inflammation observed around the implant. In conclusion, in terms of both clinical and aesthetic criteria, small diameter, mini-dental implants can be successfully used as an alternative to treatment with fixed partial dentures.

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17095267 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

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