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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 6     1. Nov. 1997
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 12 (1997), No. 6  (01.11.1997)

Page 820-827


Oral Rehabilitation With Implant-Retained Prostheses Following Ablative Surgery and Reconstruction With Free Fla
Chan / Hayter / Cawood / Howell
Ablative surgery of the oral tissues may result in significant facial deformity, poor oral function, and psychologic detriment. Immediate surgical reconstruction with vascularized free flaps has become increasingly popular, but the oral rehabilitation of these patients with conventional dental prostheses is usually unsuccessful. The results and clinical experiences of treating a group of 17 patients with ablative surgery, immediate reconstruction with free flaps, and restoration with mandibular implant-retained prostheses are presented after follow-up periods of 6 months to 7 years. Most patients expressed a high degree of satisfaction with their prostheses. General principles and guidelines for the provision of this effective treatment modality are discussed.