Dental implants: Immediate, early or conventional loading?


This review looked at the efficacy of immediate loading versus early or conventional loading implants in patients rehabilitated with fixed prostheses. It included 39 RCTs suggesting little difference between the loading strategies.

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Review suggests little difference in failure rates of immediate or early loaded implants placed using a flapless technique

Cross section of a dental implant

Yesterday we considered a review which compared flapless and flapped placement of implants. (Dental Elf 8th July 2014). Today we are looking at one of the other reviews mentioned. The am of this review to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of immediate loading (within 3 days) versus early loading (after 6 weeks to 2 months) [read the full story…]

No convincing evidence of a clinically important difference with different loading times of implants


Dental implants are increasingly being used to replace missing teeth in contrast to the more traditional use of bridges or dentures.  Implants have been used since the 1970s with the recommendation that they were kept load –free during the healing period (3-4months for the mandible, 6-8 months for the maxilla) . Since the 1990s studies [read the full story…]

Trial suggests no difference at 3 years in failure rates between implants that were loaded immediately or early

Cross section of a dental implant

The traditional approach to placing dental implants was to submerge them and keep them load-free for 3–8 months to minimize the risk of implant failures.  During the healing phase temporary prosthesis are often used and patients can find these uncomfortable. Consequently shorter healing periods without jeopardizing implant success would be beneficial.   Nowadays immediate and early [read the full story…]