Pterygomaxillary implants: a graftless solution to deficient maxillary bone

J Indian Prosthodont Soc. 2012 Sep;12(3):182-6. doi: 10.1007/s13191-012-0121-1. Epub 2012 Jun 12.


Edentulism is one of the common dental problems in the aging population. Implant therapy has emerged as one the valid and effective solutions to this problem. However in the maxilla, posterior part presents with several anatomic obstacles in the form of bone quality, quantity, size of maxillary antrum and poor accessibility. There are various options like sinus lift with graft and pterygomaxillary implant options available. Option like ptergomaxillary implants requires lot of skill of technic sensitivity and skill of the surgeon and also is proven to be statistically superior. Case reports of pterygomaxillary implants for both partially edentulous and fully edentulous conditions are hereby described in the article.

Keywords: Edentulism; Graftless solutions; Pterygo-maxillary implants.

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  • Case Reports