Dental implants are metal screws that are surgically implanted into the bone, and then have crowns or bridges attached to them. Systemic sclerosis (SSc), commonly known as scleroderma, can loosen tooth ligaments, causing tooth loss, so dental implants are often considered for scleroderma patients. However, there is still a lack of evidence as to success rate of dental implants in scleroderma patients, and there is great variance in the complications and medications of scleroderma patients. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)
Dental implants in patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS): a case series and a systematic review. Dental implants should be considered by dentists as a viable treatment option for patients with SS, as the failure rate is fairly low. PubMed, Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 02/28/2019. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Sjogren's Syndrome)
Current status of the influence of osteoporosis on periodontology and implant dentistry. The impact of osteoporosis on the periodontal and peri–implant tissues was reviewed to emphasize the importance of oral hygiene measures, and the combined medical/dental assessment when osteoporotic patients are in need of dentoalveolar surgical procedures. PubMed, Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. (Also see Osteoporosis)
Implant-supported, long-span fixed partial denture for a scleroderma patient: A clinical report. This clinical report describes the use of modified techniques to fabricate a long-span fixed prosthesis delivered after serial extractions and implant placement. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
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