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Volume 22 , Issue 5
September/October 2007

Pages 769–773

Level of Satisfaction in Patients with Maxillary Full-Arch Fixed Prostheses: Zygomatic Versus Conventional Implants

Miguel Peñarrocha, DDS, MD, PhD/Celia Carrillo, DDS/Araceli Boronat, DDS/Eva Martí, DDS, PhD

PMID: 17974111

Purpose: To evaluate the satisfaction of patients with maxillary fixed prostheses supported by conventional and/or zygomatic implants. Materials and Methods: Patients restored with complete maxillary implant-supported fixed prostheses were included in the study. They were divided into 2 groups: those with at least 1 zygomatic implant (the zygomatic group) and those with no zygomatic implants (the nonzygomatic group). Twelve months after prosthesis delivery, subjects indicated their satisfaction with the new prosthesis on a visual analog scale. Prostheses were rated in terms of general satisfaction, comfort and stability, ability to speak, easy of cleaning, esthetics, self-esteem, and functionality. Results: Forty-six patients participated in the study (23 in each group). The mean level of satisfaction was high; the groups differed significantly only in satisfaction with esthetics. Patients in the zygomatic group had a higher average score for esthetics than those in the nonzygomatic group. Those who had previously worn conventional removable prostheses gave a higher score for functionality to the implant-supported fixed prosthesis compared to the removable prosthesis. Conclusion: Patient satisfaction with zygomatic implant-supported fixed prostheses was similar to that for fixed prostheses supported by conventional implants. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2007;22:769–773

Key words: patient satisfaction, zygomatic implants

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