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Volume 25 , Issue 6
November/December 2010

Pages 12411245

Complex Prosthodontic Treatment with Dental Implants for a Patient with Polymyalgia Rheumatica: A Clinical Report

Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhD/Glenn J. Reside, DMD/Escher L. Howard-Williams, MD

PMID: 21197503

Prosthodontic and implant treatment for a patient with polymyalgia rheumatica can be complicated not only by its symptoms, but also by the side effects of long-term use of certain medications, particularly systemic glucocorticoids. This clinical report presents a polymyalgia rheumatica patient who required full-mouth rehabilitation with dental implants. The patient had a sensitive gag reflex and refused the use of any removable prostheses. She presented clinically with a skeletal Class II malocclusion with severe overbite and overjet. All her remaining dentition was determined to be unrestorable. Full-mouth extractions and immediate placement of implants followed by early implant loading were performed. The use of systemic glucocorticoids might have exacerbated her type 4 maxillary bone and compromised her healing capacity and consequently made implant surgery challenging. Her treatment with full-arch fixed implant-supported dentures to correct her severe overbite and overjet and manage misaligned dental implants is summarized here. The effects of polymyalgia rheumatica in prosthodontic and dental implant treatments are reviewed and discussed. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2010;25:12411245

Key words: dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction, polymyalgia rheumatica, systemic glucocorticoids

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