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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4256

Kreissl, M E; Gerds, T; Muche, R; Heydecke, G; Strub, J R (2007). Technical complications of implant-supported fixed partial dentures in partially edentulous cases after an average observation period of 5 years. Clinical Oral Implants Research, 18(6):720-726.

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OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this prospective long-term study was to evaluate the incidence of the most common technical problems, namely screw loosening, screw fracture, fracturing of veneering porcelain and framework fracture in implant-supported fixed partial dentures (FPDs), and assess the survival and success rate (event-free survival) after 5 years of function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 76 partially edentulous patients, a total of 205 3i-implants (machined surface) were placed and restored with 112 implant-supported FPDs (46 single crowns, 81 splinted crowns, seven FPD bridges and 23 FPDs with cantilevers). The survival rate of FPDs supported by implants was 94.5% (CI-95: 90.1-98.8) after an average observation period of 5 years. The success rate (event-free survival) of the FPDs was 80% (CI-95: 87.3-72.7). After an observation period of 5 years the cumulative incidence of screw loosening was 6.7% (CI-95: 1.8-11.5), the cumulative incidence for screw fracture was 3.9% (CI-95: 0.1-7.7). Fracture of the veneering porcelain occurred in 5.7% (CI-95: 1.2-10.2) of all FPDs. Fracturing of the suprastructure framework was rare (1%; CI-95: 0-2.9). The overall complication incidence after 5 years was highest in the group of FPDs with cantilever, which showed the lowest success rate 68.6% (CI-95: 50-87.3), followed by single crowns (77.6%; CI-95: 53.3-100) and splinted crowns (86.1%; CI-95: 59.5-100). No complication occurred in FPD bridges. CONCLUSION: Fixed partial dentures supported by 3i-implants showed low technical complications rates, the most common being loosening of the abutment screw. Managing these complications can cause extra amount of chair-side time and patient dissatisfaction.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Masticatory Disorders and Complete Dentures, Geriatric and Special Care Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:December 2007
Deposited On:19 Mar 2009 16:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:29
Additional Information:The attached file is a preprint (accepted version) of an article published in [Clinical Oral Implants Research,2007;18(6):720-726].
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0501.2007.01414.x
PubMed ID:17888017

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