Peñarrocha M, Carrillo C, Boronat A, Martí E. Valencia University Medical and Dental School, Valencia, Spain.
To evaluate the satisfaction of patients with maxillary fixed prostheses supported by conventional and/or zygomatic implants.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Patients restored with complete maxillary implant-supported fixed prostheses were included in the study. They were divided into 2 groups: those with at least 1 zygomatic implant (the zygomatic group) and those with no zygomatic implants (the nonzygomatic group). Twelve months after prosthesis delivery, subjects indicated their satisfaction with the new prosthesis on a visual analog scale. Prostheses were rated in terms of general satisfaction, comfort and stability, ability to speak, easy of cleaning, esthetics, self-esteem, and functionality.
Forty-six patients participated in the study (23 in each group). The mean level of satisfaction was high; the groups differed significantly only in satisfaction with esthetics. Patients in the zygomatic group had a higher average score for esthetics than those in the nonzygomatic group. Those who had previously worn conventional removable prostheses gave a higher score for functionality to the implant-supported fixed prosthesis compared to the removable prosthesis.
Patient satisfaction with zygomatic implant-supported fixed prostheses was similar to that for fixed prostheses supported by conventional implants.