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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

Publication:
March/April 2000
Volume 13 , Issue 2

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A New Application for Craniofacial Implants: Wigs

Thomas Weischer, DDS, PhD, Priv-Doz Dr Med Dent/Christopher Mohr, DDS, MD, PhD, Prof Dr Med, Dr Med Dent

Pages: 108-111
PMID: 11203617

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe a new application of craniofacial implants, as anchoring elements for wigs. Materials and Methods: In two patients, a split-skin graft was used to close a soft tissue defect in the occipital, parietal, temporal, and frontal region (defect size of 10 cm 3 33 cm and 10 cm 3 14 cm). Six titanium implants were placed in each patient. Six months after implant placement, abutment connection was performed and titanium magnets were adapted. Subsequently, an implant-retained wig was constructed. Results: In a follow-up period of between 10 and 22 months no implant failed. The incorporated wigs effectively retain a functionally and cosmetically successful craniofacial rehabilitation. Conclusion: Despite these successful treatments, further research is needed before craniofacial implants as anchoring elements for wigs can be considered a standard option in the rehabilitation of craniofacial alopecic defects.

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