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Vol. 70, No. 4
ISSN: 1488-2159
April 2004


Complications of Mandibular Molar Replacement with a Single Implant: A Case Report


• Vicki C. Petropoulos, DMD, MS •
• Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP •
• Thomas J. Balshi, DDS, FACP •

A b s t r a c t

This case report describes prosthodontic complications resulting from the surgical placement of a single implant and treatment following these complications. Both the surgical and prosthodontic procedures are described for the treatment of a 57-year-old man who had previously received a single implant for the replacement of a missing molar. Using 2 implants, 1 mesial and 1 distal to the previously placed single implant proved reliable. A logical treatment solution is to use 2 implants for the replacement of a single molar to avoid prosthodontic complications.


MeSH Key Words: dental implants, single-tooth; dental prosthesis, implant-supported; dental restoration failure; treatment outcome
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