Correction of a Malpositioned Endosseous Implant by a Segmental Osteotomy: A Case Report
Gerry M. Raghoebar, DDS, MD, PhD/Anita Visser, DDS/Arjan Vissink, DDS, MD, PhD
A mandibular overdenture supported by 2 or 4 endosseous implants has been proven to be a reliable treatment modality for patients suffering from conventional denture problems. However, fabrication of an implant-retained mesostructure to support an overdenture is not possible in all cases. Malpositioning of implants is a common cause of failure in such cases. A case is presented in which a ball attachment caused pain and severe swelling of the floor of the mouth because of the lingual inclination of an endosseous implant. The lingual inclination of the implant was corrected by a segmental osteotomy. Six weeks later, prosthodontic treatment began, and the resultant overdenture supported by a Dolder bar was quite acceptable for the patient.
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2005;20:627–631
Key words: endosseous dental implants, malpositioned implants, osteotomy