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European Journal of Oral Implantology
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Eur J Oral Implantol 9 (2016), No. 1     23. Mar. 2016
Eur J Oral Implantol 9 (2016), No. 1  (23.03.2016)

Page 67-74, PubMed:27022638


Immediate loading of bimaxillary total fixed prostheses supported by five flapless-placed implants with machined surfaces: A 6-month follow-up prospective single cohort study
Cannizzaro, Gioacchino / Felice, Pietro / Loi, Ignazio / Viola, Paolo / Ferri, Vittorio / Leone, Michele / Collivasone, Dario / Esposito, Marco
Purpose: To evaluate the clinical outcome of fully edentulous patients rehabilitated with immediately loaded bimaxillary screw-retained metal-resin prostheses supported by five implants placed flapless: two in the mandible and three in the maxillae.
Materials and methods: Twenty-five consecutively treated patients were recruited. To be immediately loaded, implants had to be inserted with a minimum torque of 80 Ncm. Outcome measures were prosthesis and implant failures, and complications.
Results: Six months after loading no patients dropped out and no prosthesis or implant failed. Two maxillary prostheses were loaded early at 8 weeks because implants were inserted with a torque inferior to 45 Ncm. Three complications occurred in two patients but they were all successfully treated.
Conclusions: Six months after loading, immediately loaded bimaxillary cross-arch prostheses can be supported by only two mandibular and three maxillary flapless-placed dental implants. Longer follow-ups of approximately 10 years are needed to understand the prognosis of this treatment modality.

Keywords: bimaxillary edentulism, cohort study, dental implants, flapless, immediate loading