2008 Volume 52 Issue 4 Pages 578-581
Patient: A 62-year-old male patient visited our clinic with a chief complaint of chewing difficulty due to pain of the left lower molar. To relieve the pain, the second premolar with root fracture was extracted. Implant-supported fixed prostheses were selected for bilateral free-end space. Full-arch provisional restorations were used with monitoring the balance of occlusal force. Final prostheses were converted in May 2002.
Discussion: It was suggested that the careful monitoring of occlusal balance by means of provisional restoration was one of the important factors for successful occlusal reconstruction.
Conclusion: Even for patients with a history of Para function or tooth fracture, dental implant treatment of bilateral free-end space was indicated feasible for recovery of occlusal support and protection of remaining teeth on condition that the prostheses were very carefully designed.