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Volume 14 , Issue 4
July/August 1999

Pages 587590

Treatment of a Patient with Severe Osteoporosis and Chronic Polyarthritis with Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis: A Case Report

Andreas Eder, MD, DDS, Georg Watzek, MD, DDS

PMID: 10453676

This article reports the treatment and 5-year follow-up of an 80-year-old female with a history of severe osteoporosis and chronic polyarthritis. Treatment included methotrixate disodium and acemetacin. After the last tooth was removed from the mandible, the patient was successfully treated with a fixed mandibular prosthesis supported by 6 implants placed between the mental foramina. The implants have remained osseointegrated, and peri-implant smears have been negative for bacterial colonization. Radiographic follow-up examination has revealed bone loss that is slightly greater than expected. This article focuses on the placement of implants in a patient receiving medication for chronic polyarthritis and osteoporosis. (Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 1999;14:587590) Key words: dental implants, osseointegration, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis

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