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Volume 38 , Issue 1
January/February 2018

Pages 17–23

Immediate Placement of Ultrawide-Diameter Implants in Molar Sockets: Description of a Recommended Technique

André C. Hattingh, BChD, MChD/Hugo De Bruyn, DDS, MSc, PhD/Andrew Ackermann, BChD, MChD/Stefan Vandeweghe, DDS, PhD

PMID: 29240200
DOI: 10.11607/prd.3433

Immediate implant placement is performed less frequently in molar extraction sockets than in single root sockets. This is mainly due to the tripodal anatomical configuration of molar roots, which is perceived as complex and therefore unsuitable. The mechanical burden of molar sites, combined with much larger socket dimensions, make it amenable to the use of ultrawide-diameter dental implants. This article describes a practical, sequenced technique that can be used predictably for immediate implant placement in maxillary and mandibular first molar sockets, using a dry skull model for clarification. This detailed description is based on the experience of more than 580 clinical cases over a 10-year period.

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