Rehabilitation of the edentulous mandible with implant-supported overdentures on telescopic abutments and immediate loading. A controlled prospective clinical study

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  • The rehabilitation of the edentulous mandible with implant-supported overdentures is an established clinical procedure but immediate loading of implants supporting mandibular overdentures has not been equally documented. Aim: The aim of this prospective clinical study was to evaluate the rehabilitation of the edentulous mandible with immediate loading and implant-supported overdentures. Materials and Methods: 10 patients were restored with immediate loading of the implants and 5 with delayed loading. The treatment planning included placement of four implants in the interforaminal area of the mandible. Prefabricated titanium abutments with 4 degrees of conical inclination were fixed on the implants and the telescoping conical caps were connected to the base of the mandibular denture. Bone loss was assessed by comparison of panoramic x-rays at baseline 3, 6, and 36 months by visual observation from clinicians. Results: A total of 60 implants were restored, 40 with immediate and 20 with delayed loading. The follow-up period ranged from 4 to 10 years with 72 months mean observation time. Prosthetic complications appeared with low frequency and no implant loss occurred during the follow-up period. No statistical significance was observed in the bone loss in the cervical area of the immediate and late loaded implants. Clinical Significance: The rehabilitation of the edentulous mandible with implant-supported overdentures and telescopic copings is a viable clinical solutions with multiple clinical advantages both for the clinician and the patient. Immediate loading can be applied in cases where increased initial stability can be achieved. More extended long-term clinical studies with increased number of patients and implants are needed, however, to verify the efficacy of the treatment method.
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  • Kourtis S; Madianos P; Patras M; Andrikopoulou E
  • Start Page

  • 369
  • End Page

  • 377
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 4