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Volume 11 , Issue 1
January/February 1996

Pages 106-111

Conversion Prosthesis: A Transitional Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis for an Edentulous Arch—A Technical Note

Thomas J. Balshi, DDS/Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD

PMID: 8820130

A technique for fabricating a provisional fixed prosthesis for an edentulous arch immediately following abutment connection, termed conversion prosthesis, is described in detail. Advantages of the restoration include the following: it provides a fixed prosthesis immediately following stage 2 surgery with improved function, stability, and distribution of load; it protects the sutured mucosa; it serves as a prototype for the final prosthesis; it can be used as a verification jig; it preserves the original vertical dimension of occlusion; it aids in obtaining and transferring the interocclusal record; it assists long-term patient maintenance; and it reduces treatment visits. The advantages of its use clearly outweigh the disadvantages. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1996;11:106–111)

Key words: conversion prosthesis, endosseous implant, fixed prosthesis, provisional prosthesis, transitional prosthesis

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