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Interdisciplinary Management of Single-Tooth Implants Interdisciplinary Management of Single-Tooth Implants

Author(s):

Vincent G. Kokich, Sr., DDS, MSD;Frank M. Spear, DDS, MSD, David P. Matthews, DDS

Date Added:

1/1/1997


Summary:

Orthodontists treat many patients who are missing maxillary lateral incisors and/or mandibular second premolars. In the past, if the canines could not be substituted for lateral incisors, conventional full-coverage bridges were the common restoration. Recently, resin-bonded Maryland bridges became a popular substitute for conventional bridges to avoid crowns on the nonrestored abutments. However, resin-bonded bridges have a poor long-term prognosis for retention, lasting on average about 10 years. Since implants were introduced into dentistry by Swedish researchers in the mid 1980s, they have become a promising substitute for conventional or resin-bonded bridges. However, to successfully place and restore single-tooth implants in young orthodontic patients, several questions must be answered. This article will discuss the many interdisciplinary issues that are involved in placing and restoring single-tooth implants in orthodontic patients. (Semin Orthod 1997; 3:45-72.) Copyright, 1997 by W.B. Saunders Company

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