Zygoma fixtures for a patient with a severely atrophic maxilla: A clinical report

Ikuya Watanabe, DDS, PhD,(a) Sloan Hildebrand, DDS, MS,(b) Ronald D. Woody, DDS, MS,(b) and Reena Talwar, DDS, PhD(c)

(a)Department of Biomaterials Science, (b)Graduate Prosthodontics, and (c)Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Dallas, TX, USA

This clinical report describes a functional and esthetic reconstruction using Brånemark zygoma fixtures for a patient with severely atrophic maxilla and Sjögren’s syndrome. After the extraction of the anterior maxillary teeth, two zygoma fixtures and four Brånemark implants were placed in the patient’s maxilla. Five Brånemark implants were also placed in the mandible at the same time. After the implant placement, the maxillary and mandibular implants were restored with fixed detachable dentures. These functional and esthetic prostheses have performed favorably without any problems for one year. (Int Chin J Dent 2005; 5: 71-74.)

Key Words: esthetics, fixed detachable denture, function, zygoma fixture.