Zygomatic and Maxillary Implants Inserted by Means of Computer-Assisted Surgery in a Patient With a Cleft Palate

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Abstract

This report describes the possibility of treating a patient affected by unilateral cleft palate and an extremely atrophied edentulous maxilla using zygomatic implants inserted in a conventional manner and maxillary implants inserted by means of a computer-assisted surgery. A cross-arch prosthesis supported by 4 maxillary and 2 zygomatic implants may be an ideal mode of prosthetic rehabilitation for these kinds of patients. The use of zygomatic implants is essential to optimize load distribution and to increase prosthesis stability, whereas the use of computer-assisted surgery facilitates surgical procedures and makes it possible to improve patient satisfaction.

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