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The International Journal of Prosthodontics
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Int J Prosthodont 32 (2019), No. 1     28. Jan. 2019
Int J Prosthodont 32 (2019), No. 1  (28.01.2019)

Page 17-19, doi:10.11607/ijp.6022, PubMed:30677107


Implant Inclination and Cantilever Length Are Not Associated with Bone Loss in Fixed Complete Dentures: A Prospective Study
Camargo, Bernardo A. / Drummond, Luís G. R. / Ozkomur, Ahmet / Villarinho, Eduardo A. / Rockenbach, Maria Ivete B. / Teixeira, Eduardo R. / Shinkai, Rosemary S. A.
Purpose: To investigate whether the inclination of the most distal implant and the cantilever length influence marginal bone loss in implant-supported fixed complete dentures (ISFCDs).
Materials and Methods: A novel method using computed tomography images was developed to measure the mesiodistal implant inclination. The cantilever length was measured during ISFCD fabrication. Radiographs were obtained after ISFCD installation at 1 and 3 years after loading.
Results: A total of 30 subjects with 62 implants were included. Accumulated marginal bone loss was 0.35 ± 0.49 mm. No significant association was found between marginal bone loss and cantilever length or implant inclination.
Conclusion: Implant inclination and cantilever length do not seem to affect marginal bone loss.