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Article: Volume 49 Number 7 Page 596 - July/August 2022

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  Dental Update 502: 596-599

Dental Implantology:  Metal–Ceramic Implant-supported Fixed Dental Prostheses: The Gold Standard For The Completely Edentulous Patient. A Case Report

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Abstract: The development of implantology has allowed implant-supported fixed prosthetic treatments in edentulous patients to become the main alternative to conventional rehabilitation. The dental experience of edentate patients comprises an extensive history of successes and failures with traditional rehabilitation. The following report describes a case of a completely edentulous patient who recovered oral function and aesthetics by placing six implants in each jaw and, subsequently, restoration with metal–ceramic implant-supported fixed dental prostheses (FDPs). The authors explore the criteria that must be considered for the selection of the material to be used in implant-supported fixed prostheses.

Clinical relevance: To ensure enhanced survival rates for implant-supported fixed prosthetic restorations in edentulous patients, patient factors, their expectations, the number of implants to be placed and the materials to be used must be carefully considered.

Author notes: Adel Martínez Martínez, Professor, Gitouc Investigation Group, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia. María del Pilar Lujan-Pardo, Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Rafael Nuñez University, Cartagena, Colombia. Stephanye Ariza-Martínez, Professor, Gitouc Investigation Group, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Oral Rehabilitation Department. Cartagena, Colombia. email: amartinezm4@unicartagena.edu.co

Objective: To highlight the importance of selecting appropriate materials for making an implant-supported fixed prosthesis.