Dental Implant ‘drop out’ rates at 10 years – do they matter?

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Colin Levey takes a look at a systematic review assessing the 10-year survival of titanium roughened surface, solid screw dental implants in adults. 4 RCTs and 14 prospective studies) were included traditional analysis and sensitivity analysis taking into account missing data was conducted providing a more conservative estimate of survival and a broader prediction interval.

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Tooth-implant supported fixed dental prostheses survival rates

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This review of the survival and complication rates of tooth-implant supported fixed dental prostheses (T-I FDPs) includes 8 prospective cohort studies and 185 T-I FDPs suggesting acceptable 5 and 10 year survival rates.

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Dental Implants: Survival at sites of previous implant failure

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Mark Steven-Howe takes a look at a systematic review of survival rates of dental implants placed at sites of previous implant failure. Eight retrospective cohorts were included and while good survival rates were reported over 1-5 years the findings need to be interpreted very cautiously as the studies are at high risk of bias.

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Dental implant placement: which antibiotic protocol?

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This review of the the effectiveness of different antibiotic protocols to prevent early dental implant failure includes 9 RCTs showing that antibiotics were protective against early implant failures.

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All-ceramic implant-supported single crowns

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This review of survival and technical complication rates of all-ceramic implant-supported single crowns included 41 mainly observational studies suggesting high survival rates for all-ceramic implant supported single crowns.

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Dental Implants: Number of implants and full-arch prosthesis survival

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19 studies (6 RCTs, 13 prospective studies) were included in this review assessing whether the number of dental implants per jaw has an influence on implant and/or prosthesis survival rate and complications with the findings suggesting no influence.

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Dental implants: Does crown-to-implant ratio influence treatment outcomes?

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This review of the influence of crown-to-implant ratio on single-tooth,non-splinted implant outcomes includes 8 observational studies and suggests no impact with crown-to-implant ratios ranging from 0.86 to 2.14.

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Overdenture attachments systems: splinted or unsplinted?

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9 studies were included in this review of the effect of splinted or unsplinted overdenture attachment system on clinical outcomes. The findings suggest no difference however, the quality of the evidence is limited.

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Palatal implants for supplementing anchorage during orthodontic treatment

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27 studies were included in this review of the failure rates of palatal implants & mini-screws for supplementing anchorage during orthodontic treatment. Failure rates were low and similar for both implants & mini-screws.

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‘All-on-4®’ treatment concept: current evidence limited

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This systematic review of the ‘All-on-4®’ concept for fixed full arch restoration includes 24 studies of limited quality is considered here by Mark-Steven Howe.

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