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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 33 (2018), No. 4     31. July 2018
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 33 (2018), No. 4  (31.07.2018)

Online Article, Page e107-e111, doi:10.11607/jomi.6681, PubMed:30025011

Online Article: Infraposition of Implant-Retained Maxillary Incisor Crown Placed in an Adult Patient: Case Report
Cocchetto, Roberto / Canullo, Luigi / Celletti, Renato
Several studies have clearly shown that osseointegrated implants, when inserted in growing bone, such as in adolescents, do not follow the eruptive path of adjacent teeth; instead, they act like ankylosed teeth, remaining in a stationary position for the lifetime, thus developing a progressive infraposition of the implant-supported crown. However, further studies have demonstrated that similar changes also occur in adult patients, although mostly in a small amount and over long time spans. Here the case of a female patient aged 35 years is presented, in which infraposition of the maxillary central incisor developed in a very short time (15 months). The treatment provided was a combined orthodontic/prosthetic approach with a 4-year follow-up.

Keywords: craniofacial growth, implant crown, infraposition, orthodontic intrusion