Immediate Rehabilitation of the Extremely Atrophic Mandible with Fixed Full-Prosthesis Supported by Four Implants

Roberto Weinstein, Enrico Agliardi, Massimo D. Fabbro, Davide Romeo, Luca Francetti

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Purpose: To prospectively assess the outcome of immediate rehabilitation of extremely atrophic mandibles by a full-arch fixed bridge anchored to four implants. Material and Methods: Twenty patients with edentulous mandibles were included in the study. Each patient received a full-arch fixed bridge supported by two axial and two distal tilted implants. Prosthetic loading was applied within 48 hours of surgery. Patients were scheduled for follow-up every 6 months up to 2 years and annually until 5 years. Radiographic evaluation of marginal bone level change was performed at 1 year. Results: All patients were followed for a minimum of 1 year (range 20-48 months, mean 30.1 months). No failures were recorded to date. The 1-year implant survival rate and prosthesis success rate were 100%. Marginal bone loss around axial and tilted implants was similar at 12-month evaluation, being, respectively, 0.6±0.3 (standard deviation)mm and 0.7±0.4mm. High patient's level of satisfaction was recorded for function, phonetics, and aesthetics. Conclusion: This technique could be considered a viable treatment option for the rehabilitation of the atrophic mandible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Atrophic mandible
  • Dental implants
  • Edentulous mandible
  • Immediate loading
  • Tilted implants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Oral Surgery


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