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Volume 20 , Issue 1
January/February 2007

Pages 8588

The Prosthodontic Restoration of a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Maxillofacial Defect: A Short-Term Follow-up Case Report

Cumhur Sipahi, DDS, PhD / Kerim Ortakoglu, DDS, PhD / Julide Ozen, DDS, PhD / Alper Caglar, DDS, PhD

PMID: 17319370

A self-inflicted gunshot maxillofacial defect was restored with dental implants and various attachments. Following mandibular surgical reconstruction, a fixed full-arch implant-supported prosthesis was fabricated. The maxillary defect was restored with an obturator retained with bar-clip and ball attachments. Crowns with an unfavorable crown-to-root ratio were used to rectify a compromised unilateral interocclusal space. Functional rehabilitation was achieved without any pathologic sequelae and maintained over a 1-year observation period. Provision of a fixed implant-retained mandibular prosthesis opposing a specific design for a maxillary obturator provided short-term and optimistic prognosis in the management of a serious traumatic injury. Int J Prosthodont 2007;20:8588

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