Background and objectives: Retrieval of failed implants is a problematic procedure in the field of implant dentistry. Since the procedures for removal of fixed implants are aggressive or require specific tool sets for each implant system, a new technique that is less invasive and universally applicable to all implant systems is desirable. The aim of this study was to show a new technique of vertically splitting the fixture into half and report past patient’s cases.
Methods: The process began with isolation of failed implant with a rubber dam and clamps. Then cut the implant vertically with high speed bur into 2 pieces. Split implant was separated from the bone by the clamping force. This removal technique was applied to 8 fixtures of 7 patients. Its post-removal times were 3 months to 8 years.
Results: All the patients healed without complications.
Conclusions: The fixture removal technique removes defective implants with minimal trauma.
Key words : failed implant; implant removal technique; minimal invasive removal technique.
Disclosure: This work was not supported by manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work.