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, 17 (5), 663-70

A Custom Template and Definitive Prosthesis Allowing Immediate Implant Loading in the Maxilla: A Clinical Report

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A Custom Template and Definitive Prosthesis Allowing Immediate Implant Loading in the Maxilla: A Clinical Report

Daniel van Steenberghe et al. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants.

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the present investigation was to examine to what extent precision data from 3-dimensional planning software for oral implants can be transferred to the operative field by means of a drilling template, containing high-precision drilling sleeves, fitted on the jawbone. It was investigated whether this procedure would allow advance preparation of a fixed definitive prosthesis that could be placed at the completion of surgery.

Materials and methods: This procedure was experimentally carried out in 2 cadavers and later in 8 consecutive human patients.

Results: The results indicated a nearly perfect match between the positions and axes of the placed implants and those planned.

Discussion: This procedure permitted the placement of a definitive fixed prosthesis with limited freedom of space between the abutments and the metallic cylinders incorporated into the prosthesis.

Conclusion: These encouraging results of the Leuven information technology-based oral rehabilitation by means of implants (LITORIM) are presently being further investigated at the clinical level.

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