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Volume 29 , Issue 3
May/June 2016

Pages 245252

Polygonal Area of Prosthesis Support with Straight and Tilted Dental Implants in Edentulous Maxillae

Stefan Wentaschek, DMD, MSc/Karl Martin Lehmann, DMD, PhD/Herbert Scheller, DMD, PhD/Gernot Weibrich, MD, DMD, PhD/Nikolaus Behneke, DMD, PhD

PMID: 27148983
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4310

Purpose: The aim of this in vitro study was to assess the increase in the polygonal area of implant-retained prosthesis supports in edentulous maxillae with the use of tilted distal implants compared with the use of straight distal implants, using a variety of implant lengths. Materials and Methods: A total of 25 DICOM datasets of atrophic edentulous maxillae were provided. Bone augmentations in the molar region had to be avoided. Two straight reference implants were virtually inserted in the anterior region. Two additional implants were placed far distally on both sides (4 groups: [1] straight, 12-mm length; [2] straight, 10 mm; [3] straight, 8 mm; [4] tilted, 1216 mm). The resulting implant-supported polygon was measured for each of the 4 groups using three-dimensional planning software. Results: The mean sagittal depth of the supported polygon in Group 1 was 9.9 mm (standard deviation [SD] 4.4) on the right and 10.2 mm (SD 4.4) on the left, and it was 33.7 mm (SD 5.8) in width. For Group 2, the mean sagittal depth was 11.5 mm (SD 5.0) on the right and 11.9 mm (SD 4.7) on the left, and the width was 35.2 mm (SD 5.6). The measurements for Group 3 were 13.8 mm (SD 4.9) deep on the right, 13.8 mm (SD 5.1) deep on the left, and 37.0 mm (SD 5.4) in width. For Group 4, the depth was 15.8 mm (SD 4.9) on the right and 16.4 mm (SD 5.8) on the left, and the width was 39.0 mm (SD 5.1). Conclusion: The area of implant-retained prosthesis support can be enlarged by the use of tilted implants (12 to 16 mm in length, 42 to 45 degrees) compared to the use of straight 8-mm implants (resulting increase: about 15%).

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