Purpose: The aim was to evaluate the reproducibility of a radiographic technique using a new customized film holder in the follow-up of screwed single-tooth implants.
Materials and Methods: Ten implants placed in the mandible (n = 6) and maxilla (n = 4) of 8 patients were submitted to radiographic assessments. Radiographs were taken using a customized film holder adapted to implant abutment after 4 (T0) and 8 (T1) months of implant placement. Quantitative evaluations were performed through horizontal and vertical measurements to analyze radiographic standardization.
Results: No differences were detected after comparison of implant and abutment diameter measurements between radiographs after 4 and 8 months. No significant variations were detected in vertical measurements (implant and abutment length) between radiographs obtained in T0 and T1.
Conclusions: The use of customized film holder adapted to the implant abutment seems to contribute to the standardization of radiographs at different times of screwed single-tooth implants.
*Professor and Master's Program Director, Department of Post Graduation, Latin American Institute of Dental Research and Education (ILAPEO), Curitiba, Brazil.
†Professor, Technical Course in Dental Prosthesis, Technical School of Health, Federal University of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
‡Professor, Department of Post Graduation, Latin American Institute of Dental Research and Education (ILAPEO), Curitiba, Brazil.
§Professor, Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Dental School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
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