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J Oral Implantol. 1990;16(2):96-105.

Immediate fixed interim prostheses supported by two-stage threaded implants: methodology and results.

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Department of Implant Dentistry, Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Abstract

Restoring patients with implant-supported fixed-detachable bridges according to the protocol established by Brånemark necessitates a period of several months when complete dentures must be worn to allow for a stress-free healing period of the implants. For many patients, especially when they still have some natural teeth remaining, this is unacceptable. An approach was developed that overcomes these limitations, offering an alternative to the transitional removable approach. Five or six Nobelpharma fixtures were placed between and two additional fixtures were placed distolingual to the foramina. Abutments were connected at implant insertion to these two fixtures and to one fixture in the symphyseal region. The remaining fixtures were allowed to heal in the conventional manner. A previously constructed mandibular denture was converted to a fixed bridge supported by these three implants. This method was successfully applied in seven patients who were reconstructed with mandibular fixed-detachable bridges without ever wearing a removable prosthesis. The overall, long-term implant therapy was not adversely affected by this technique.

PMID:
2074597
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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