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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 23 (2008), No. 3     15. May 2008
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 23 (2008), No. 3  (15.05.2008)

Page 556-560, PubMed:18700383

Salivary Gland Injury Subsequent to Implant Surgery
Nahlieli, Oded / Droma, Eitan Bar / Eliav, Eli / Zaguri, Ami / Shacham, Rachel / Bar, Tal
Implant-based prosthetic restoration and oral rehabilitation is a very popular modality of treatment, with excellent success rates. Although a relatively safe procedure, implant insertion has its risks, which have been described in the literature. This article describes an as-yet unreported complication following implant insertion-salivary gland injury. The characteristics of salivary gland injury are examined, and 4 cases in which the salivary apparatus was injured or obstructed during 1 of the phases of implant therapy are presented.

Keywords: implants, ranula, salivary gland injury, sialoendoscopy