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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Defining available restorative space for implant overdentures

  • Swati Ahuja
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Dr Swati Ahuja, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, S-501, 875 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38163, Fax: 901-448-1294
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    Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tenn
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  • David R. Cagna
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    Professor and Director, Advanced Prosthodontics Program, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tenn
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      It is important to diagnostically evaluate available restorative space prior to implant placement. Failure to accurately assess restorative space may result in esthetically and structurally compromised prostheses and patient dissatisfaction. This article describes various techniques for evaluating restorative space in edentulous patients. Information gained will help dentists during treatment planning, attachment selection, and prosthesis design prior to surgical implant placement.
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