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Volume 10 , Issue 5
September/October 1995

Pages 578-582

Microflora Associated With Percutaneous Craniofacial Implants Used for the Retention of Facial Prostheses: A Pilot Study

Joseph A. Toljanic, DDS/Josephine A. Morello, PhD/William J. Moran, MD, DMD/William R. Panje, MD, FACS/Edward F. May, DDS

PMID: 7591002

Craniofacial implants have been used successfully for the retention of facial prostheses. However, complications occur that can lead to the loss of implant integration. One such complication is infection possibly resulting from crevicular microflora activity. As part of an ongoing study, samples from crevicular sites surrounding 17 craniofacial implants were collected and submitted for microbiological assay. The results demonstrated the presence of opportunistic pathogens in many sites regardless of subjects’ hygiene efforts. The significance of the findings is reviewed. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1995;10:578–582)

Key words: craniofacial implants, implant infection, percutaneous space

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