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Quintessence Int 39 (2008), No. 5     7. Apr. 2008
Quintessence Int 39 (2008), No. 5  (07.04.2008)

Page 421-426, PubMed:19088957

Rehabilitation of an edentulous mandible with an implant-supported fixed prosthesis using an all-ceramic framework: A case report
Hassel, Alexander J. / Shahin, Raed / Kreuter, Alexander / Rammelsberg, Peter
This clinical report describes the rehabilitation of an edentulous mandible with an implantsupported fixed prosthesis using an all-ceramic framework fabricated from zirconium oxide. Four interforaminal implants were inserted and allowed to heal submerged. The implant-supported fixed prosthesis was then fabricated using CAD/CAM and electroforming technology. No clinical complications were observed at the 6-month follow-up examination, and the patient was highly satisfied with function and esthetics. All-ceramic frameworks provide a high standard of esthetics; reduce the number of metals used in the oral cavity; and have a lower density compared to metals, which reduces weight in the case of large frameworks.

Keywords: all-ceramic framework, CAD/CAM, edentulous mandible, electroforming, implant-supported prosthesis, rehabilitation, zirconium oxide