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Volume 14 , Issue 2
March/April 1999

Pages 295297

Positioning Implants for Overdentures: A Prototype Implant-Paralleling Device. Technical Note

Joanne N. Walton, DDS, Cert Pros, FRCD(C)

PMID: 10212549

As implant-assisted dentistry continues to grow, increasing emphasis is being placed on the surgical positioning of implants so that they can be optimally restored. While this is essential for esthetics with fixed implant restorations, it is equally important with implant overdentures, where the type of retentive mechanism, artificial tooth position, and denture flange contour may be affected by implant position. Unfortunately, surgical guides or templates may be used less often with overdenture cases because of the associated time, costs, and difficulty in positioning during surgery, leading to compromised implant location or orientation. This paper describes a prototype paralleling device that can aid in the surgical positioning of implants for overdentures. (Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 1999;14:295297) Key words: implant overdenture, implant position, paralleling device, surgical guide

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