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Volume 22 , Issue 5
September/October 2002

Pages 482491

A Close-up Look at an Implant Fracture: A Case Report

Diego Velasquez-Plata, DDS, MSD, James Lutonsky, DDS, Yoshiki Oshida, BS, PhD, Robert Jones, PhD

PMID: 12449308
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0491

The authors report on the fracture of a standard endosseous dental implant 11 years after placement. It had been connected to a natural tooth using a nonrigid connector to compensate for the lack of a built-in antirotational system on the prosthetic abutment of the implant restoration. Scanning electron microscopy revealed striations on the fracture surface, suggesting a fatigue-associated failure. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2002;22:482491.)

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