- Conventional radiographic methods are widely used to evaluate the clinical accuracy of implant position. However, such methods require a second computerized tomography (CT) scan and manual registration between presurgical and postsurgical CT data. The alignment errors cannot be calculated.
- Fabricating an immediate denture (ID) in the conventional manner may be complicated and difficult. An alternative technique is described for the fabrication of an ID that eliminates the need for an interim prosthesis and reduces treatment time.
- Implant rehabilitation of the posterior maxilla can entail difficulties due to reduced bone quantity and poor bone quality, especially after long-term edentulism. In some patients, multiple surgeries are necessary, which may lead to higher patient morbidity and longer treatment times before a prosthetic rehabilitation can be achieved. This article presents an immediate fixed prosthesis in a posterior atrophic maxilla supported by 1 anterior axial implant and 1 posterior tilted fixture placed with an intrasinus insertion.
- Single-tooth implants in the maxillary anterior region have the highest risk of esthetic complications from infrapositioning due to continuing maxillary growth and the eruption of adjacent teeth. Although the placement of anterior single-tooth implants should normally be postponed, particularly girls and young women with a hyperdivergent growth pattern, if an infraposition of an implant is present, then thorough examination and strategic planning are required. According to the severity, the strategic treatment options are as follows: simple retention; adjustment or replacement of the implant restoration, possibly including adjacent teeth; surgical implant repositioning by segmental osteotomy combined with osseodistraction; or submergence or removal of the implant.
- Recently, monolithic zirconia restorations have received attention as an alternative to zirconia veneered with feldspathic porcelain to eliminate chipping failures of veneer ceramics. In this clinical report, a patient with mandibular edentulism received 4 dental implants in the interforaminal area, and a screw-retained monolithic zirconia prosthesis was fabricated. The patient also received a maxillary complete removable dental prosthesis over 4 anterior roots. At the 18-month follow-up, all of the zirconia cylinders were seen to be fractured, and the contacting abutment surfaces had lost structural integrity.