Check of prosthetic restoration
- Use recall visit to check single-tooth prosthetic restoration.
- Technical complications do occur during follow-up.
- Porcelain chipping and screw-loosening are complications most encountered.
Check prosthetic restoration
Checking the single-tooth implant-supported restoration is part of the regular recall visit of a patient. Items of checking the restoration are:
- attrition of occlusal surfaces;
- mobility of the restoration;
Technical risks play a major role in implant dentistry as they may lead to increased rates of repairs/remakes and therefore affect the patients time, finance, and even quality of life. And, technical complications do occur during follow-up. Described complications are:
- loss of retention of the restoration;
- fracture and/or chipping of ceramic material;
- loss of composite at screw access opening;
- loosening of an occlusal screw;
- fracture of an occlusal screw;
- loosening of an abutment;
- fracture of an abutment.
Porcelain chipping and screw-loosening are complications most encountered. Repair should always be preceded by a thorough check of possible causes of a complication, e.g. overloading by incorrect occlusion, to prevent repetition.
Figure 1: Patient with fracture of porcelain of implant-supported restoration in position 21 (#9 UNIV).