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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 4     15. Aug. 1999
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 14 (1999), No. 4  (15.08.1999)

Page 496-503

Clinical Application of Narrow Brånemark System Implants for Single-Tooth Restorations
Polizzi, Giovanni / Fabbro, Sandro / Furri, Marco / Herrmann, Irene / Squarzoni, Sergio
Replacing small, single incisors with implants can be esthetically challenging and difficult because of the limited amount of bone. In this investigation, 3.0-mm-diameter implants were used to support 30 single maxillary and mandibular incisors in 21 patients. The implants have been in function for 3 to 7 years, and 29 are still stable. Only 2 complications in the mandibular incisor region have occurred; 1 implant fractured (after 5 years of function) and 1 prosthesis was replaced. The overall success rate is 96.7%. The favorable results and esthetic appearance achieved suggest that replacing small incisors where light occlusal forces are present with narrower implants is a feasible treatment option.

Keywords: Brånemark System, congenital aplasia, single-tooth restorations, 3-mm-diameter implants