Survival and Mechanical Complications of Posterior Single Implant-Supported Restorations Using Prefabricated Titanium Abutments: A Medium- and Long-Term Retrospective Analysis with up to 10 Years Follow-up

Fabrizio Di Francesco, Gennaro De Marco, Corina M. Cristache, Rolando Vernal, Emilio A. Cafferata, Alessandro Lanza

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the survival of implants and abutments and the incidence of mechanical complications of single posterior implant-supported restorations using prefabricated titanium abutments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective clinical study analyzed 172 Astra Tech OsseoSpeed internal hexagon implants (Dentsply Sirona) placed in 85 patients with a follow-up between January 2009 and January 2019. All implants were restored with prefabricated titanium abutments and cement-retained metal-ceramic crowns. The clinical outcomes recorded were implant and abutment survival rates and mechanical complications (abutment/implant fractures, screw loosening/fracture, decementation of the superstructure, veneer chipping/fractures) and were analyzed according to age, sex, implant length/diameter, bone graft, arch, implant position, parafunctional habit or dental status, and opposite arch. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis was used to determine whether the distribution of time to event/failure differed based on implant position (premolar or molar), implant diameter, or abutment angulation. RESULTS: During the observation period (mean: 108 months), implant and abutment cumulative survival rates were 97.7% and 98.3%, respectively, with no statistically significant differences between implant positions (molar/premolar), implant diameters (3.5 vs 4 mm), or abutment angles (straight vs 15 degrees). Of the 172 single posterior implant-supported restorations, 14 mechanical complications (8.2%) were recorded. In particular, 3 abutment fractures (1.7%), 2 screw loosenings (1.2%), 2 screw fractures (1.2%), 1 implant fracture (0.6%), 2 chipping/fractures of veneering materials (1.2%), and 4 decementations of the superstructure (2.3%) occurred. CONCLUSION: The single posterior implant-supported restorations using prefabricated titanium abutments remain a clinically acceptable treatment in terms of prosthetic procedure and cost-effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-286
Number of pages9
JournalThe International journal of prosthodontics
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2022

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