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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 3     1. May 1997
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 3  (01.05.1997)

Page 376-379


Use of a Surgical Positioner for Bone-Anchored Facial Prostheses
Reisberg / Habakuk
The use of osseointegrated implants to retain facial prostheses in craniofacial rehabilitation is a reliable procedure. Proper location of the implants is critical for fab rication of a prosthesis with ideal shape and contour. The use of a positioner at time of surgery can guide placement of the implants to achieve an optimum result. The positioner is also useful as a guide to the shape of the retentive element and as a quick method for obtaining a wax pattern for the prosthesis. This article describes the fabrication and application of a positioner.