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Volume 12 , Issue 5
September/October 1997

Pages 674-678

Rigid Connections Between Natural Teeth and Implants: A Technical Note

Tomas Lindh, DDS/Johan Gunne, DDS, PhD/Sverker Danielsson, CDT

PMID: 9337030

In the posterior partially edentulous jaw, implants may be used to supplement existing natural dentition. Frequently, the maxillary sinuses and the mandibular nerve preclude the fabrication of freestanding implant-retained prostheses. However, if an implant and a natural abutment are combined, a fixed prosthesis can be fabricated, restoring the arch into the premolar area. The histories of three patients with attachments connecting implant-retained ceramotitanium crowns with crowns on natural abutments are described. A design for a rigid custom-made attachment for the Brånemark system, using standard components with a machine-duplication, spark-erosion technique, is suggested. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1997;12:674–678)

Key words: combination with natural teeth, dental implants, precision attachment

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