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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 192974, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/192974
Case Report

Semirigid Cantilever Extension System for Splinting Implants: A Clinical Report

1Graduate Program in Dentistry, Prosthodontics Area, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL), Gonçalves Chaves Street 457, 96015-560 Pelotas, RS, Brazil
2Department of Restorative Dentistry-Prosthodontics Area, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas-UFPEL, Gonçalves Chaves Street 457, 96015-560 Pelotas, RS, Brazil
3Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas-UFPEL, Rua Gonçalves Chaves 457, 96015-560 Pelotas, RS, Brazil

Received 22 April 2014; Revised 15 July 2014; Accepted 16 July 2014; Published 5 August 2014

Academic Editor: Jamil A. Shibli

Copyright © 2014 Raissa Micaella Marcello Machado et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In mandibular edentulous patients, treatment based on immediate loading with rigid splinting in the mandible is well accepted; however, it is cost and time dependent, which sometimes limits this type of rehabilitation. To overcome these problems, the technique of immediate loading using a semirigid splinting extension system has been developed. Its advantages include low cost, technical feasibility, and reduced clinic time. This clinical report presents the applicability and the predictability of semirigid splinting of implants in the mandibular arch of an edentulous patient using a distal extension bar prosthesis system.