Immediate loading of Brånemark implants in edentulous mandibles: a preliminary report.

Balshi TJ, Wolfinger GJ.

Implant Dent. 1997 Summer;6(2):83-8.
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

A study involving the immediate loading of Brånemark implants in the edentulous mandibles of 10 patients is reported. The design involved the immediate loading of four widely distributed implants with a transitional fixed implant-supported prosthesis at first-stage surgery, avoiding the need for a removable prosthesis. A sufficient number of additional implants are allowed to heal in the conventional manner to provide sufficient support for a definitive fixed prosthesis even if all of the immediately loaded implants fail. Preliminary results have been favorable, with all patients functioning with a fixed implant prosthesis from the day of first-stage surgery.

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