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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-9

Transitional implants: An asset to implantology


Department of Prosthodontics, M A Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Pune, India

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Mohit G Kheur
Department of Prosthodontics, M A Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Pune
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.77185

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The use of dental implants to support either fixed crowns and bridges or removable dentures has made it possible for many patients to experience an artificial dentition that is as esthetic and functional as their natural teeth were. Dental implant treatment has evolved over the years. Progress in implantology has been focused at increasing patient's comfort by reducing the treatment time and achieving esthetic and functional rehabilitation as early as possible. Although this has been achieved to a large extent by the use of immediate loading concepts, the same cannot be applied to all clinical situations. There are still many clinical situations wherein the patient would have to go through a waiting period after a surgical procedure (it could be the surgery to place a dental implant or bone grafting surgery, or even extraction of some teeth). During such a waiting period, the patient needs to function on a fixed temporary restoration till the final restoration can be placed. This has been made possible today by the advent of transitional implants which have been designed for and are placed along with the conventional implants for the replacement of the patient's missing dentition and enabling the patient to experience the benefits of implantology immediately. This paper presents an overview of transitional implants and its clinical application.


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