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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 11 (1996), No. 1     1. Jan. 1996
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 11 (1996), No. 1  (01.01.1996)

Page 106-111

Conversion Prosthesis: A Transitional Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis for an Edentulous Arch-A Technical Note
Balshi, Thomas J. / Wolfinger, Glenn J.
A technique for fabricating a provisional fixed prosthesis for an edentulous arch immediately following abutment connection, termed conversion prosthesis, is described in detail. Advantages of the restoration include the following: it provides a fixed prosthesis immediately following stage 2 surgery with improved function, stability, and distribution of load; it protects the sutured mucosa; it serves as a prototype for the final prosthesis; it can be used as a verification jig; it preserves the original vertical dimension of occlusion; it aids in obtaining and transferring the interocclusal record; it assists long-term patient maintenance; and it reduces treatment visits. The advantages of its use clearly outweigh the disadvantages.

Keywords: conversion prosthesis, endosseous implant, fixed prosthesis, provisional prosthesis, transitional prosthesis