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Assessment of patient- and prosthetic-specific factors in identifying the ideal implant-supported prosthesis helps enable the delivery of a dental restoration that can meet the esthetic, functional, physiologic, psychologic, financial, and time goals of the patient. For practitioners, determining the relative risks and benefits of removable and fixed implant-supported prostheses for restoration of an edentulous maxilla can be challenging. Proper treatment selection requires thorough examination, diagnosis, and a systematic approach to treatment planning. Consideration of both prosthetic and surgical outcomes is necessary to ensure the restoration of facial structures and oral function. This article discusses three prosthetic parameters essential to determining whether a patient's needs can be best met with a fixed or removable prosthesis: prosthetic space, lip support, and transition line. Standardized treatment planning considerations are presented to facilitate the clinician's step-by-step diagnostic and decision-making processes.


Hussein S Basma, Nicolaas C Geurs, Maria L Geisinger. Choosing the Ideal Implant-Supported Prosthesis for an Edentulous Maxilla: Three Key Prosthetic Parameters. Compendium of continuing education in dentistry (Jamesburg, N.J. : 1995). 2022 Mar;43(3):148-153; quiz 154

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