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Volume 32 , Issue 2
April 2012

Pages 203 (e59-e67)

Unconventional Implants for Distal Cantilever Fixed Full-Arch Prostheses: A Long-Term Evaluation of Four Cases

Roger Minoretti, DMD, DDS/Albino Triaca, DMD, DDS/Nikola Saulacic, DDS, PhD

PMID: 22292154
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1052

Excessive cantilever lengths of fixed implant-supported prostheses may have functional and biomechanical disadvantages. This study reports the clinical outcomes of unconventional implants placed for distal support of a fixed implant-supported prostheses. Seven extraoral implants with intraosseous lengths of 2.5 to 4.0 mm were placed in four patients. Distal cantilevers had a mean length of 29.8 mm (range, 18.6 to 39.3 mm). No bone loss or other adverse events were found. The prosthetic plan was maintained in all patients. Within the limits of the employed research design, this concept seems to be a successful option for fixed complete implant-supported prosthesis treatment. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:e59e67.)

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