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Impact of Second Stage Surgery on Bone Remodeling Around New Hybrid Titanium Implants: A Prospective Clinical Study in Humans

Traini, Tonino DDS, PhD; Berardini, Marco DDS; Congedi, Francesca DDS; Sinjari, Bruna DDS, PhD; Trisi, Paolo DDS, PhD; Caputi, Sergio MD, DDS

doi: 10.1097/ID.0000000000000525
Basic and Clinical Research

Objective: The present prospective study aimed to more precisely identify the time points of bone changes around hybrid titanium implants up to 30 months of follow-up.

Materials and Methods: Twelve hybrid T3 implants (Biomet 3i) were placed in 9 healthy patients with the 2-stage surgical approach. Standardized digital Rx were taken at implant insertion (T0); healing-abutment connection after 3.1 ± 0.2 weeks (TX); loading stage after 7.5 ± 0.6 weeks (T1); after 12 months (T2); and after 30 months (T3) of functional loading. The marginal bone loss was digitally measured.

Results: The mean marginal bone loss was 0.76 ± 0.37 mm after 30 months. More than 60% (0.42 ± 0.29 mm) of the bone loss took place at healing-abutment connection (TX–T1). No statistically significant bone loss was found between T1–T2 and T2–T3, after 12 and 30 months, respectively. Approximately 40% of bone loss (0.34 mm) was noted between T1 and T3 (P < 0.05), which corresponds to the loading period.

Conclusions: The implant-oral environment connection represents a critical step point in crestal bone loss. The amount of marginal bone loss, measured after 30 months of loading (T1–T3), was much less than that reported in the literature, showing that correct loading has a minor impact on the periimplant bone remodeling as compared to surgical implant reopening.

*Senior Researcher, Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, “G. d'Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy.

Fellow Research, Biomaterial Clinical and Histological Research Association, Pescara, Italy.

Fellow Research, Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, “G. d'Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy.

§Scientific Director, Biomaterial Clinical and Histological Research Association, Pescara, Italy.

Dean, Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, “G. d'Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy.

Reprint requests and correspondence to: Tonino Traini, DDS, PhD, Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, University “G d'Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Via dei Vestini, 31, Chieti 66100, CH, Italy, Phone: +390-871-355-4143, Fax +39-0871-355-4070, E-mail: t.traini@unich.it

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