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Temporary Implants for Patients with Low Bone Density of the Upper Maxilla: An Alternative Rehabilitation Strategy


Assistant Professor Cimara Fortes Ferreira, Department of Periodontology, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, 3200 S. University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA; e-mail:


Background:  The use of removable provisional prosthesis after implant placement is undesirable for many patients. In addition, removable prostheses place unfavorable pressure over implants during the healing period.

Purpose:  The use of temporary implants enable greater stability and functionality of the prostheses.

Materials and Methods:  This clinical report shows the use of temporary implants in a low density maxilla in conjunction with a fixed provisional prosthesis.

Results:  The temporary implants contributed to the support of the provisional fixed upper arch prosthesis and to patient comfort with a fixed prosthesis during the healing period.

Conclusions:  Fixed provisional prostheses are a potentially desirable alternative treatment strategy.