It’s always a good day when a delivery goes well. Just earlier this week I delivered an upper and lower porcelain veneered zirconium implant denture. The prosthesis sits on 4 implants in the upper arch and 4 implants in the lower.
The prosthesis seated perfectly and the patient was shocked at how nice it looked. I always celebrate delivery days–and especially for bigger cases that exceed even my own expectations. This is a little video I posted on my Instagram of the delivery:
🙌 Zirconia implant dentures delivered today. Deserving of one of my favorite songs in the background 😎🎧 You like? Pictures coming soon.👌 Implantninja.com #implantninja #allonfour #dentalimplant #implantología #implantology #implantesdentales #implantdentistry #dentalimplants #implantdentures #dentistry #dentist #oralsurgery #cirugiaoral @alldent #implante #implantes #prosthodontics #prosthodontist #dentist #fullmouthreconstruction #dentallab #lab #labtech #medical #art #prosthetics
I celebrate because I know that for every success, there is bound to be a challenge. While I haven’t had this happen to my own work yet (knock on wood), I have been seeing many instances of fractured zirconia frameworks.
Imagine as a patient, paying over $25,000 for a treatment and for it to end up with a catastrophic failure like bar fracture. Delivering big cases is a wonderful thing…but we must be prepared to deal with the complications!
In this case, the patient had 5 implants placed and restored with a zirconium bar. You’ll notice that 3 of the implants are screw retained and 2 are cement retained. The patient walked into the clinic with the prosthesis fractured down the middle and with 4 broken screws. several of the screws were not fully retrievable. Now, after spending all that money, the patient will be receiving a removable implant denture.
😱😱😱Catastrophic fracture of a zirconium framework can and does happen. These cases must be planned with adequate space for restorative material. This one, thankfully, was not made by our clinic. Implantninja.com #implantninja #allonfour #dentalimplant #implantología #implantology #implantesdentales #implantdentistry #dentalimplants #implantdentures #dentistry #oralsurgery #cirugiaoral @alldent #implante #implantes #prosthodontist #prosthetics #dentist
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Here are some of the basics rules of thumb that I follow to avoid catastrophic failures:
- Ensure PASSIVE fit of framework over all implants
- Limit cantilevers as much as possible. I try to limit the cantilever to 10 mm, this is approximately one molar. When anatomical structures limit the positioning of the posterior implant, I place a tilted implant to gain a little bit of distal positioning and I recommend the Shortened Dental Arch concept.
- Ensure sufficient restorative space (>12mm per arch and maybe more for zirconium). If there’s not enough space, the patient is likely to fracture it!
- OCCLUSION OCCLUSION OCCLUSION
- I like to use group function
- Shallow cusps on molars
- Make occlusal tables narrower B-L
- Points of occlusion should be at center of the tooth and on a flat surface
- Six month recall—FOREVER! At these appointments, I’ll be checking occlusion, cleaning the prosthesis (taking the prosthesis out if necessary and then placing brand new screws), and reinforcing oral hygiene instructions.
- Occlusal night guard. I make these out of clear, hard acrylic.
There are some tricks but these are the most important points for keeping your implant dentures from self-destructing! I hope this helps!
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