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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Polyetheretherketone subperiosteal implant retaining a maxillary fixed prosthesis: A case series

      Abstract

      Statement of problem

      Patients needing dental rehabilitation of a complete atrophic maxilla would benefit from simplified treatment plans.

      Purpose

      The purpose of this case series was to demonstrate the prosthetic management of 4 edentulous patients with severe maxillary ridge resorption who declined multiple stage surgery and sought a fixed prosthesis in single-stage surgery.

      Material and methods

      The patients were provided with completely digital computer-aided designed and computer-aided manufactured (CAD-CAM) polyetheretherketone (PEEK) maxillary subperiosteal frameworks, which were surgically placed in a 1-step procedure. The patients were followed up for 12 months and evaluated for signs of implant rejection, infection, prosthetic fracture or mobility, or implant exposure.

      Results

      At the 12-month follow-up, all the implants were functionally stable with healthy soft tissue and showed no sign of prosthetic fracture, infection, or pus discharge.

      Conclusions

      PEEK subperiosteal implants for maxillary atrophied ridges can be considered a promising treatment option within the limitations of this clinical study with low patient numbers and a short observational time.
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