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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 3     1. Sep. 1990
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 3  (01.09.1990)

Page 233-246

Reconstruction of Severely Resorbed Edentulous Maxillae Using Osseointegrated Fixtures in Immediate Autogenous Bone Grafts
Adell, Ragnar / Lekholm, Ulf / Gröndahl, Kerstin / Brånemark, Per-lngvar / Lindström, Jörgen / Jacobsson, Magnus
A surgical technique for rehabilitation of severely resorbed edentulous maxillae using fixed prostheses or overdentures supported by osseointegrated fixtures in immediate autogenous corticocancellous bone grafts from the ilium is described. The results of the first 23 consecutively treated patients are reviewed. The mean observation time was 4.2 years (range 1 to 10 years). A total of 124 fixtures was originally placed into the grafts, supplemented with 16 fixtures inserted later into seven of the jaws. Throughout their observation period, 17 of the patients had continuously stable prostheses. The remaining five had overdentures, and one patient had resorted to a conventional complete denture. After 4 years, 12 of 16 patients had continuously stable prostheses. Corresponding values at 5 years were 7 of 8 patients. Calculated from the date of abutment connection, 82. 1% and 81.6% of the original fixtures were clinically stable and radiographically osseointegrated after 4 and 5 years in function, respectively. From the date of fixture placement, the corresponding figures were 75.3% and 73.8%, respectively. The mean marginal bone loss after the first year of prothesis function was 1.49 mm. The annual marginal bone loss thereafter was about 0.1 mm. The results indicate that this technique is worthwhile for patients with extreme maxillary atrophy and who cannot wear conventional complete dentures.

Keywords: alveolar process resorption, autogenous bone grafts, edentulism, osseointegrated fixtures