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Volume 26 , Issue 3
May/June 2013

Pages 265267

Development of Stable Peri-implant Soft Tissue and Mentolabial Sulcus Depth with an Implant-Retained Soft Tissue Conformer After Osteocutaneous Flap Reconstruction

Matilda Dhima, DMD, MS/Kevin L. Rieck, DDS, MD/Kevin Arce, DMD, MD/Thomas J. Salinas, DDS

PMID: 23626981
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3410

Excessive soft tissue bulk, movement, chronic inflammation, and hypertrophy in periimplant areas pose challenges for long-term management of peri-implant soft tissues surrounding osteocutaneous flap reconstructions. A case history report is presented on the predictable establishment of stable peri-implant soft tissue and improved mentolabial sulcus depth in a patient treated for high-grade osteosarcoma of the mandible. Following surgical resection, reconstruction with osteocutaneous fibula free flap, and endosseous implant placement, a combined surgical and prosthetic approach was used through a lip switch vestibuloplasty and an implant-retained soft tissue conformer. Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:265267. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3410

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