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EAO Position Paper: Current Level of Evidence Regarding Zirconia Implants in Clinical Trials


Balmer, Marc; Payer, Michael; Kohal, Ralf-Joachim; Spies, Benedikt C (2022). EAO Position Paper: Current Level of Evidence Regarding Zirconia Implants in Clinical Trials. International Journal of Prosthodontics, 35(4):560-566.

Abstract

Titanium oral implants are still considered "state of the art" in implant dentistry, with well-documented survival rates. However, their grayish color and high prevalence of peri-implant infections have resulted in controversial discussion as to whether tooth-like-colored, metal-free zirconia ceramic implants provide sufficient potential to be considered equal regarding treatment outcomes. The present position paper has been composed upon invitation by the European Association of Osseointegration in order to provide an update on the current level of evidence regarding zirconia implants in clinical trials. To date, most available and scientifically documented zirconia implant systems are one-piece implants that require an experienced surgeon and prosthodontist due to the restricted flexibility in cases of compromised angulation or vertical positioning. Taking this limitation into account, there is evidence of a comparable outcome for one-piece zirconia implants compared to titanium implants for the fixed replacement of one to three missing teeth. In contrast, currently available clinical data evaluating two-piece zirconia implants with an adhesively bonded implant-abutment interface suggest an inferior outcome. Data evaluating the clinical applicability of screw-retained solutions, even if revealing sufficient fracture resistance in laboratory investigations, are still missing. High survival rates were reported for all-ceramic reconstructions supported by zirconia implants, but with increased technical complications; ie, fractures of the ceramic veneer in the case of bilayered restorations. Sufficient clinical evidence for recommending monolithic approaches is limited to single crowns.

Abstract

Titanium oral implants are still considered "state of the art" in implant dentistry, with well-documented survival rates. However, their grayish color and high prevalence of peri-implant infections have resulted in controversial discussion as to whether tooth-like-colored, metal-free zirconia ceramic implants provide sufficient potential to be considered equal regarding treatment outcomes. The present position paper has been composed upon invitation by the European Association of Osseointegration in order to provide an update on the current level of evidence regarding zirconia implants in clinical trials. To date, most available and scientifically documented zirconia implant systems are one-piece implants that require an experienced surgeon and prosthodontist due to the restricted flexibility in cases of compromised angulation or vertical positioning. Taking this limitation into account, there is evidence of a comparable outcome for one-piece zirconia implants compared to titanium implants for the fixed replacement of one to three missing teeth. In contrast, currently available clinical data evaluating two-piece zirconia implants with an adhesively bonded implant-abutment interface suggest an inferior outcome. Data evaluating the clinical applicability of screw-retained solutions, even if revealing sufficient fracture resistance in laboratory investigations, are still missing. High survival rates were reported for all-ceramic reconstructions supported by zirconia implants, but with increased technical complications; ie, fractures of the ceramic veneer in the case of bilayered restorations. Sufficient clinical evidence for recommending monolithic approaches is limited to single crowns.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Medicine
Language:English
Date:2022
Deposited On:27 Jan 2023 10:47
Last Modified:28 Apr 2024 01:47
Publisher:Quintessence Publishing
ISSN:0893-2174
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.11607/ijp.8131
PubMed ID:36125878