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Volume 13 , Issue 1
January/February 1998

Pages 109-114

Profile Surgical Template: A Systematic Approach to Precise Implant Placement. A Technical Note

Alberto Sicilia, MD, MS, PhD, Blas Noguerol, MD, MS, MS, PhD, Cobo, MD, MS, PhD, Ion Zabalegui, MD, MS

PMID: 9509788

The precise placement of dental implants is essential to designing a prosthesis that fulfills the esthetic and functional requirements of the patient, and simultaneously allows clear phonetics and facilitates oral hygiene. To achieve this, an effective surgical template is essential: it must provide good orientation, be comfortable, have adequate intraoral fixation, allow freedom of choice to the surgeon, and be capable of use during image-diagnostic procedures. In accordance with this criteria, the profile surgical template, based on utilization of the buccal contour of missing teeth, has been designed. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1998;13:109-114) Key words: esthetics, implants, osseointegration, profile surgical template

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