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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 1     15. Feb. 1999
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 1  (15.02.1999)

Page 48-54


Surgical Implant Repositioning: A Clinical Report
Guerrero, Dr César A. / Laplana, Rafael / Figueredo, Nayhara / Rojas, Alejandra
Esthetically compromised or nonrestorable implants present major clinical problems. Of 3,850 implants placed, 10 osseointegrated implants in 6 patients were surgically repositioned using maxillary or mandibular osteotomies and rigidly fixated, under intravenous sedation. The segments were predictably changed in a vertical, anteroposterior, transverse, or axial inclination manner. Excellent healing of bone and soft tissue was observed. This simple, reliable technique allowed these 10 implants to be esthetically and functionally restored with permanent prostheses.

Keywords: bone healing, compromised implants, orthognathic surgery, rigid fixation, segmentalized osteotomies