Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 37 (2017), No. 4 3. July 2017
Inaccuracy of computer-guided implant placement may lead to complications when combined with an immediately loaded prefabricated prosthesis. The aim of this case series was to describe the use of an intraoral welding technique to increase the predictability of immediately loaded implants supporting a fixed full-arch prosthesis after computer-guided flapless implant placement. A total of 60 Ankylos plus implants (Dentsply) with a width of 3.5 mm and a length of 8 to 14 mm were placed consecutively in 10 patients. The implants were functionally loaded using the intraoral welding technique on the day of surgery. The accuracy of guided implant placement was assessed by matching the planning cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans with postoperative CBCT scans. No mechanical or biologic complications were registered at the 1-year follow-up. The global coronal deviation of implant placement from the guide plan ranged from 0.25 to 2.84 mm (SD: 0.6 mm), with a mean of 1.28 mm. Average angle deviation was 3.42 degrees (range 0.38-7.82 degrees; SD: 1.52 degrees). The global apical deviation ranged between 0.36 and 3.85 mm (SD: 0.71 mm), with a mean of 1.65 mm. Despite the inaccuracy registered, this guided-welded approach allowed successful achievement of a passive fit of the full-arch prosthesis on the inserted implants the same day of the surgery and provided a high implant and prosthetic survival rate at the 1-year follow-up.