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Buccal Mini-Implant Site Selection: The Mucosal Fallacy and Zones of Opportunity

VOLUME 46 : NUMBER 07 : PAGES (434-436) 2012

SEBASTIAN BAUMGAERTEL, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C)

TERRI THAO TRAN, DMD

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The attached gingiva in the areas of the alveolus and the infrazygomatic crest has long been a favored site for buccal mini-implant placement. The rationale is that because an implant is a fixed anchor with no mobility, it should be placed in soft tissue that likewise has no mobility. Any movement of the soft tissue during function, as occurs with the unattached gingiva, could present a risk of side effects such as tissue irritation, micro-tears, soft-tissue inflamm...

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