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Volume 28 , Issue 4
July/August 2013

Pages e195e197

A Dental Implant in the Infratemporal Fossa: Case Report

Pier Francesco Nocini, MD, DDS/Daniele De Santis, MD, DDS/Biancastella Morandini, MD/Pasquale Procacci, MD

PMID: 23869377
DOI: 10.11607/jomi.3143

This case report describes a rare displacement of a dental implant in the infratemporal fossa, which occurred during placement of the implant into the pterygoid process with computer-assisted technology. The implant was immediately removed by means of an intraoral approach to prevent any neurologic complications. Although computer-aided systems in implant surgery represent a reliable and effective tool, the surgeon should always instruct the patient on the necessary behavior during implant placement and the risks associated with a lack of adherence to these recommendations.

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