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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry



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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 37 (2017), No. 1     20. Dec. 2016
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 37 (2017), No. 1  (20.12.2016)

Page 40-47, doi:10.11607/prd.2887, PubMed:27977817

The Novel Design of Zirconium Oxide-Based Screw-Retained Restorations, Maximizing Exposure of Zirconia to Soft Peri-implant Tissues: Clinical Report After 3 Years of Follow-up
Linkevicius, Tomas
Current use of zirconium oxide (ZrO₂)-based screw-retained restorations does not guarantee maximum contact of soft peri-implant tissues with ZrO₂, because veneering porcelain usually covers the major subgingival part of the restoration. Ceramics preclude direct interaction between zirconia and soft tissue cells, thus reducing biocompatibility and benefit to the patient. The four case reports discussed in this article describe the new design modality of the ZrO₂ screwretained restorations, in which zirconia is exposed to the tissues and no veneering porcelain is located below the gingival margin. The article also shows the impact of this treatment on soft peri-implant tissues after 3 years of follow-up. Soft tissue recession, vestibular contour, bleeding on probing, and probing depth were evaluated.