Long transmaxillary implants in patients with atrophic jaws
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A new study states that the placement of long transmaxillary implants improves the oral-health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of patients with atrophic jaws. The study was published by the International Journal of Implant Dentistry.

Twelve patients, of both sexes who were unable to receive conventional implants immediately because of lack of bone, received two long transmaxillary implants in a horizontal position, anteroposteriorly, one on each side, from the canine pillar to the maxillary tuberosity.

After 6 months, the conventional clinical sequence for fabricating a fixed prosthesis type protocol or removable prosthesis type overdenture was performed, when required to recover the lip volume. The Oral Health Impact Profile questionnaire (OHIP-14) was applied preoperatively and 6 months after rehabilitation using a prosthesis on the implants.

An improvement in the perception of OHRQoL was observed between the pre-and postoperative periods in the OHIP-14 total score and the domains related to functional limitation, physical pain, psychological discomfort, psychological disability, social disability, and handicap.

It is concluded that transmaxillary implant rehabilitation improves the OHRQoL.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40729-021-00300-7
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