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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 254-259
"Platform switching": Serendipity


1 Department of Prosthodontics, DAPM RV Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 Private practitioner, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Preventive and Community Dentistry, DAPM RV Dental College, Bengaluru, India

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N Kalavathy
Department of Prosthodontics, DAPM RV Dental College, Bengaluru
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.135938

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Implant dentistry is the latest developing field in terms of clinical techniques, research, material science and oral rehabilitation. Extensive work is being done to improve the designing of implants in order to achieve better esthetics and function. The main drawback with respect to implant restoration is achieving good osseointegration along with satisfactory stress distribution, which in turn will improve the prognosis of implant prosthesis by reducing the crestal bone loss. Many concepts have been developed with reference to surface coating of implants, surgical techniques for implant placement, immediate and delayed loading, platform switching concept, etc. This article has made an attempt to review the concept of platform switching was in fact revealed accidentally due to the nonavailability of the abutment appropriate to the size of the implant placed. A few aspect of platform switching, an upcoming idea to reduce crestal bone loss have been covered. The various methods used for locating and preparing the data were done through textbooks, Google search and related articles.


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