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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 22 (2002), No. 5     15. Sep. 2002
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 22 (2002), No. 5  (15.09.2002)

Page 482-491


A Close-up Look at an Implant Fracture: A Case Report
Velasquez-Plata, Diego / Lutonsky, James / Oshida, Yoshiki / Jones, Robert
The authors report on the fracture of a standard endosseous dental implant 11 years after placement. It had been connected to a natural tooth using a nonrigid connector to compensate for the lack of a built-in antirotational system on the prosthetic abutment of the implant restoration. Scanning electron microscopy revealed striations on the fracture surface, suggesting a fatigue-associated failure.