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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 5     1. Sep. 1997
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 5  (01.09.1997)

Page 674-678


Rigid Connections Between Natural Teeth and Implants: A Technical Note
Lindh, Tomas / Gunne, Johan / Danielsson, Sverker
In the posterior partially edentulous jaw, implants may be used to supplement existing natural dentition. Frequently, the maxillary sinuses and the mandibular nerve preclude the fabrication of freestanding implant-retained prostheses. However, if an implant and a natural abutment are combined, a fixed prosthesis can be fabricated, restoring the arch into the premolar area. The histories of three patients with attachments connecting implant-retained ceramotitanium crowns with crowns on natural abutments are described. A design for a rigid custom-made attachment for the Brånemark system, using standard components with a machine-duplication, spark-erosion technique, is suggested.

Keywords: combination with natural teeth, dental implants, precision attachment