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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2002 Sep-Oct;17(5):663-70.

A custom template and definitive prosthesis allowing immediate implant loading in the maxilla: a clinical report.

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Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the present investigation was to examine to what extent precision data from 3-dimensional planning software for oral implants can be transferred to the operative field by means of a drilling template, containing high-precision drilling sleeves, fitted on the jawbone. It was investigated whether this procedure would allow advance preparation of a fixed definitive prosthesis that could be placed at the completion of surgery.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This procedure was experimentally carried out in 2 cadavers and later in 8 consecutive human patients.

RESULTS:

The results indicated a nearly perfect match between the positions and axes of the placed implants and those planned.

DISCUSSION:

This procedure permitted the placement of a definitive fixed prosthesis with limited freedom of space between the abutments and the metallic cylinders incorporated into the prosthesis.

CONCLUSION:

These encouraging results of the Leuven information technology-based oral rehabilitation by means of implants (LITORIM) are presently being further investigated at the clinical level.

PMID:
12381066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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