Smaller Implants for Thicker Surrounding Bone

A 46-year-old woman has a failed FPD 18-20 (Fig.1).  To have thicker buccal bone, the 5 mm implants at #18 (Fig.2) and 19 (Fig.3) seem to be a little large.  Smaller (4.5 mm) will be more appropriate so that the coronal threads of the implant at #18 will be more securely covered by the regenerating bone.  In the same manner, the implant to be placed in the healed site of #19 will have more buccal bone when the diameter of the implant reduces.

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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 07/01/2019, last revision 07/27/2019