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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2008 Apr;36(4):269-73.

Transitioning patients: teeth to implants.

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  • 1Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, 94143, USA.


The transition of patients from a dentate state to an implant-supported restoration requires significant planning. Traditionally, protocols have included the extraction of teeth and interim use of a removable prosthesis. Newer protocols include approaches to decrease the period of time a patient is required to use a traditional denture. The authors' purpose is to outline options and provide clinical examples when transitioning patients from natural dentition to an implant-supported prosthesis.

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