Short dental implants success rates at two years

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Dental implants have been in general use for many years.  This review sets out to consider the success rates for implants of <10mm in partially edentulous patients.

Searches were conducted in the Medline and Embase databases with two reviewers independently assessing methodological quality using specific study design-related quality assessment forms.  Randomized-controlled trials and prospective cohort studies with a follow-up of more than 1 year were included.  Twenty nine studies involving 2,611 implants between 5-9.5mm in length met the criteria with two-year survival proportions being calculated.

They found

  • Increase in implant length was associated with an increase in implant survival (from 93.1% to 98.6%)
  • The cumulative estimated failure rate  in the maxilla was 0.010 implants/year, compared with 0.003 found in the studies in the mandible.
  • In studies including smokers, the failure rate was 0.008 compared with 0.004  in studies that excluded smokers.
  • Surface topography and augmentation procedure were not sources of heterogeneity.

They concluded

there is fair evidence that short (<10 mm) implants can be placed successfully in the partially edentulous patient, although with a tendency towards an increasing survival rate per implant length, and the prognosis may be better in the mandible of non smoking patients.

Telleman G, Raghoebar GM, Vissink A, den Hartog L, Huddleston Slater JJR, Meijer HJA. A systematic review of the prognosis of short (<10 mm) dental implants placed in the partially edentulous patient. J Clin Periodontol 2011; 38: 667–676. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2011.01736.x.

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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