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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 21 (2001), No. 4     15. July 2001
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 21 (2001), No. 4  (15.07.2001)

Page 407-414


Effect of Early Exposure on the Integration of Dental Implants: Part 2--Clinical Findings at 6 Months Postloading
Holt, Raleigh / Vernino, Arthur R. / Lee, Hsuch-Ming / Severson, Sharon
Implant exposure during initial healing after placement has been considered important in both implant integration and postloading effects. This study evaluated the effect of early implant exposure on the clinical findings prerestoration and 6 months postrestoration. Forty-eight implants (24 CPTi and 24 Ti-13-13) were placed in maxillary and mandibular posterior sites in six baboons. Implant exposure was evaluated for 24 of the submerged implants at placement and at each weekly visit for 3 weeks after implant placement. The crestal bone level at maxillary posterior sites was measured at 6-month uncovering, and mandibular sites were measured at 3-month uncovering. All sites were again measured 6 months after restoration placement. Periotest readings were recorded at implant uncovering and again 6 months postloading. Arbitrary groupings of the Periotest values were assigned as good = -7 to -1; guarded = 0 to +2; and poor = +3 to +27. At 6 months postloading, there were no statistical differences between CPTi and Ti-13-13 for change in crestal bone height in either arch. The mean change in maxillary crestal bone height varied from a 0.59- to 1.35-mm loss. The differences between the mean exposed and nonexposed changes were not statistically significant. The mean change in mandibular crestal bone height varied from a 0.25- to 0.88-mm loss. Changes in crestal bone height for nonexposed sites from 3-month implant uncovering to 6 months postloading were statistically significant at the mesial, buccal, and lingual aspects. The mean change for the nonexposed distal aspect approached significance. The differences between the mean exposed and nonexposed changes were not statistically significant. The overall percentage of maxillary implants in the good category for nonexposed sites decreased by 41% from uncovering to 6 months after loading, while no change occurred for exposed sites; the percentage of implants in the good category was comparable for early exposed and nonexposed sites (57% and 59%, respectively). At 6 months after loading, the percentage of implants in the good category was more favorable for early exposed (88%) than nonexposed sites (50%). A one-stage implant approach should provide similar postloading clinical results as the two-stage surgical approach.