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Volume 23 , Issue 3
May/June 2008

Pages 556–560

Salivary Gland Injury Subsequent to Implant Surgery

Oded Nahlieli, DMD/Eitan Bar Droma, DMD/Eli Eliav DMD, PhD/Ami Zaguri, DMD/Rachel Shacham, DMD/Tal Bar, DMD

PMID: 18700383

Implant-based prosthetic restoration and oral rehabilitation is a very popular modality of treatment, with excellent success rates. Although a relatively safe procedure, implant insertion has its risks, which have been described in the literature. This article describes an as-yet unreported complication following implant insertion—salivary gland injury. The characteristics of salivary gland injury are examined, and 4 cases in which the salivary apparatus was injured or obstructed during 1 of the phases of implant therapy are presented. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2008;23:556–560

Key words: implants, ranula, salivary gland injury, sialoendoscopy

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