Review suggests that smoking may have a harmful effect on peri-implant bone loss


It is believed that a number of factors may affect peri-implant bone resorption. These may include local factors (e.g. surgical procedures, implant design and restorative procedures), or patient related factors such as systematic disease, smoking status etc.   The aim of this review was to determine the influence of patient-related systemic risk factors (systemic disease, genetic [read the full story…]

Trial suggests no beneficial effect for platform switching for implants at 3 years

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Following placement of dental implants changes to bone level around the implant take place. Platform switching involves the use of an abutment with a smaller diameter than the diameter of the implant shoulder and is considered by some to lead to reduced peri-implant bone loss.   The aim of this trial was to assess the effect [read the full story…]

Lack of evidence to highlight differences in peri-implant bone loss between cement and screw retained prosthesis

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Peri-implant bone loss is one parameter used to evaluate the success of dental implants.  The aim of this review was to compare peri-implant bone loss between cement and screw retained prosthesis. The Medline, SCOPUS, ISI Web of Knowledge and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) databases were searched. Five journals were hand searched. Randomised [read the full story…]

Evidence of small benefit in peri-implant bone loss seen in first 5 years with platform switching

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This critical summary from the American Dental Association – Evidence-based Center (ADA-EBD) looks at a 2010 systematic review from Atieh et al. The aim of the review was to assess whether platform switching  (the placement of a smaller diameter prosthetic component on a larger diameter implant fixture) improved survival rate and bone loss. The commentator [read the full story…]