Journal of Prosthodontics News
February 18, 2019
A 30-Year Follow-Up Of A Patient With Mandibular Complete-Arch Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis On 4 Implants
In the February issue of the Journal of Prosthodontics and online now, Dr. Thomas J. Balshi, Dr. Glenn J. Wolfinger, Mr. Stephen F. Balshi, and Dr. Avinash Bidra present a clinical report of a 30-year follow-up of an edentulous patient rehabilitated with only 4 implants.
The article also reviews the biologic and biomechanical response to this treatment protocol and points out the long-term clinical observations and prosthodontic maintenance related to this popular form of implant therapy.
There was no loss of any implants, and the bone levels around all implants were excellent, along with osteogenesis in the distal cantilever region, and there were no biologic complications. The prosthodontic framework was intact, but there was continued prosthodontic complication related to the wear and fracture of acrylic resin denture teeth, which underscores the importance of patient recall and professional maintenance to ensure the optimal performance of the prosthesis.
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Citation: Balshi TJ, Wolfinger GJ, Balshi SF, et al: A 30-year follow-up of a patient with mandibular complete-arch fixed implant-supported prosthesis on 4 implants: A clinical report. J Prosthodont 2019;8:97-102
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