Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 16 (2001), No. 2 15. Apr. 2001
This clinical report presents the prosthodontic management of early peri-implant bone loss in a partially edentulous patient. Two narrow Brånemark implants (3.3 mm in diameter) were placed to retain a mandibular implant prosthesis in the area of the mandibular left second premolar and first molar. Two weeks after the prosthesis was put into function, the distal implant exhibited soft tissue reactions. Radiographically, bone corresponding to 4 threads and 7 threads was lost at the mesial and distal sites, respectively. After occlusal load reduction was made to the existing prosthesis, bone was observed to have regenerated sufficiently to restore the defect radiographically, though not to the original level. The bone remained at a similar level at 36 months after treatment.