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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 4     15. Aug. 1999
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 4  (15.08.1999)

Page 587-590


Treatment of a Patient with Severe Osteoporosis and Chronic Polyarthritis with Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis: A Case Report
Eder, Andreas / Watzek, Georg
This article reports the treatment and 5-year follow-up of an 80-year-old female with a history of severe osteoporosis and chronic polyarthritis. Treatment included methotrixate disodium and acemetacin. After the last tooth was removed from the mandible, the patient was successfully treated with a fixed mandibular prosthesis supported by 6 implants placed between the mental foramina. The implants have remained osseointegrated, and peri-implant smears have been negative for bacterial colonization. Radiographic follow-up examination has revealed bone loss that is slightly greater than expected. This article focuses on the placement of implants in a patient receiving medication for chronic polyarthritis and osteoporosis.

Keywords: dental implants, osseointegration, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis