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Use of short implants (6 mm) in a single-tooth replacement: a 5-year follow-up prospective randomized controlled multicenter clinical study


Rossi, Fabio; Botticelli, Daniele; Cesaretti, Gianfranco; De Santis, Enzo; Storelli, Stefano; Lang, Niklaus P (2016). Use of short implants (6 mm) in a single-tooth replacement: a 5-year follow-up prospective randomized controlled multicenter clinical study. Clinical Oral Implants Research, 27(4):458-464.

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate prospectively clinical and radiographic outcomes of 6- or 10 mm-long implants with moderately rough surface (SLA(®) ) loaded within 7 weeks from installation and supporting single crowns in the posterior regions in the course of 5 years of loading. MATERIAL AND METHODS Sixty implants with a moderately rough surface, 30 tests (6 mm long, 4.1 mm in diameter) and 30 controls (10 mm long, 4.1 mm in diameter), were placed in posterior regions in 45 patients. After 6 weeks, impressions were taken and the implants were restored with a single fixed prosthesis made with gold-palladium alloy and porcelain. Survival rate and marginal bone loss were evaluated yearly. The clinical crown/implant ratio was calculated. RESULTS During the follow-up period, five implants, four tests and one control, were lost. Of the four test implants, one was lost before loading, two between the 2nd and the 3rd years, and one during the 4th year of the follow-up period. The control implant was lost during the first year of function. Consequently, after 5 years of follow-up, a survival rate of 86.7% and 96.7% was observed at the test and control sites, respectively. CONCLUSION The results of this study showed that 6-mm-long implants supporting single crowns loaded within 7 weeks from installation lose a small amount of marginal bone during 5 years of functional loading, similar to that of 10-mm-long implants. However, a higher degree of implant loss was recorded at the short implants, probably due to the fracturing of the surrounding bone.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To evaluate prospectively clinical and radiographic outcomes of 6- or 10 mm-long implants with moderately rough surface (SLA(®) ) loaded within 7 weeks from installation and supporting single crowns in the posterior regions in the course of 5 years of loading. MATERIAL AND METHODS Sixty implants with a moderately rough surface, 30 tests (6 mm long, 4.1 mm in diameter) and 30 controls (10 mm long, 4.1 mm in diameter), were placed in posterior regions in 45 patients. After 6 weeks, impressions were taken and the implants were restored with a single fixed prosthesis made with gold-palladium alloy and porcelain. Survival rate and marginal bone loss were evaluated yearly. The clinical crown/implant ratio was calculated. RESULTS During the follow-up period, five implants, four tests and one control, were lost. Of the four test implants, one was lost before loading, two between the 2nd and the 3rd years, and one during the 4th year of the follow-up period. The control implant was lost during the first year of function. Consequently, after 5 years of follow-up, a survival rate of 86.7% and 96.7% was observed at the test and control sites, respectively. CONCLUSION The results of this study showed that 6-mm-long implants supporting single crowns loaded within 7 weeks from installation lose a small amount of marginal bone during 5 years of functional loading, similar to that of 10-mm-long implants. However, a higher degree of implant loss was recorded at the short implants, probably due to the fracturing of the surrounding bone.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 09:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:58
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0905-7161
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/clr.12564
PubMed ID:25692556

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