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Volume 23 , Issue 4
July/August 2008

Pages 759–762

Optimization in Multi-implant Placement for Immediate Loading in Edentulous Arches Using a Modified Surgical Template and Prototyping: A Case Report

Sérgio J. Jayme, DDS, MScD/Valdir A. Muglia, DDS, MScD, DSc/Rafael R. de Oliveira, DDS, MScD/Arthur B. Novaes Jr, DDS, MScD, DSc

PMID: 18807575

Immediate loading of dental implants shortens the treatment time and makes it possible to give the patient an esthetic appearance throughout the treatment period. Placement of dental implants requires precise planning that accounts for anatomic limitations and restorative goals. Diagnosis can be made with the assistance of computerized tomographic scanning, but transfer of planning to the surgical field is limited. Recently, novel CAD/CAM techniques such as stereolithographic rapid prototyping have been developed to build surgical guides in an attempt to improve precision of implant placement. The aim of this case report was to show a modified surgical template used throughout implant placement as an alternative to a conventional surgical guide. (Case Report) Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2008;23:759–762

Key words: computerized tomography, dental implants, immediate function/loading, stereolithography, surgical templates

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