J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2022 Jan;60(1):127-134. 10.4047/jkap.2022.60.1.127.

Rehabilitation of a patient by converting poorly maintained fixed implant prosthesis into implant overdenture: a case report

  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Republic of Korea


Among many contributing factors of implant failure, excessive loading and inflammation contribute mainly to increasing implant failure rate. Especially, poor oral hygiene around implants is one of the most common reasons for implant failure. When implant prosthesis fails to function, the clinician should re-diagnose and plan treatment using the remaining implants. Additional implantation may be needed to make a new type of prosthesis or either implant-assisted RPD and implant overdenture treatment may be performed using the remaining implants. In this article, a patient whose fixed implant prosthesis in the maxilla had failed of poor oral hygiene maintenance was reported to be recovered with removable implant overdenture by using remaining implant abutments and a milled bar with additional retentive elements. Through this treatment, the clinical results were satisfactory in terms of esthetics, masticatory function recovery and oral hygiene management.


Implant; Implant failure; Implant overdenture
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