Ceramic implant fracture: A clinical report.


Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Electronic address: [Email]


This clinical report describes the presentation of a fractured ceramic dental implant. The fractured implant segment was examined by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed that the fractured implant was made of alumina. Although alumina implants were withdrawn from the market because of poor survival rates, clinical reports of their complications are rare.

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