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Early Loading of Posterior Nonsubmerged Titanium Implants with a Modified Sandblasted and Acid-Etched Surface: A Prospective Case Series with Up to 149 Months of Follow-up

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The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate the success rates and prosthetic complications of implants with a modified sandblasted and acid-etched (SLA) surface inserted for posterior single-implant crown restorations. Final crowns were placed 3 to 4 weeks after surgery, and patient follow-up spanned 10 years in a private practice setting. A total of 22 patients (8 women, 14 men) with 25 posterior implants placed (16 mandible, 9 maxilla) were selected, including only implants for posterior single-implant crowns with insertion torque values of ≥ 35 Ncm at placement. Twenty-one implants passed the reverse torque test at 3 to 4 weeks after implant placement, and final restorations were placed. Three patients (4 implants) had "spinners," and there was one patient dropout after completion of the final restoration. All patients were recalled for clinical exams, digital periapical radiographs, and clinical photos at short-term (≤ 5 years) and long-term (> 5 years) follow-up appointments. The Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs was also determined at the initial and follow-up visits. Crestal bone level was measured at crown placement (T1), short-term follow-up (T2; mean: 29.4 months), and long-term follow-up appointments (T3; mean: 114.4 months). Twenty patients (23 implants) returned for examination at T2, and 15 (18 implants) were available at T3. For the 17 implants available at all evaluations, statistically significant bone loss was found from T1 to T2 (0.23 ± 0.30 mm), and the mean crestal bone level appeared stable from T2 to T3. Based on clinical and radiographic findings, the success rate for the implants and restorations at T2 and T3 was graded as 100%. Therefore, it can be stated that an early loading protocol of 3 to 4 weeks using a modified SLA surface at premolar/molar single-tooth locations can result in favorable clinical and radiographic long-term results.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
ISSN: 0198-7569
Issue: 1
Volume: 41
Pagina's: 49 - 60
Aantal pagina's: 12
Jaar van publicatie:2021