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Treatment guidelines

Intra-operative complications

Key points

  • Due to the anatomic characteristics of the edentulous lower jaw intraoperative complications can occur
  • Evaluation of hard tissue configuration/dimension helps to avoid intraoperative complications
  • Jaw fracture, bone perforation, vessel and nerve injury are potential intraoperative complications

Clinical topics

Implants in compromised sites
Success & failure

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