Prosthetic complications associated with implant-assisted and supported prostheses are not unusual in everyday practice and can often lead to disruption of patient flow and subsequent increased overheads. Most complications and treatment failures associated with the implant rehabilitation fall into specific categories: (1) those associated with sub-optimal planning and execution, resulting in compromised implant position, with or without failed implants, (2) those associated with the laboratory fabrication of the prosthesis, and ultimately therefore the ability to fabricate a durable, functional, passive and aesthetic restoration and (3) those associated with the clinical service of the prosthesis.
This lecture will introduce and discuss these complications as they relate to the restoration of dental implants. Planning options designed to prevent the occurrence of complications will be detailed as well as clinical techniques for their management when they occur. This presentation will also offer several clinical examples to highlight the topics presented.