Open contacts adjacent to dental implant restorations?
Open contacts adjacent to restored implants, as early as 3 months post restoration? How is this possible.
In the most recent edition of the JADA, Dr. Gary Greenstein and his team, examined 5 studies in which the investigators looked the incidence of open contacts after implant restorations are inserted next to a natural tooth.
Results: An interproximal gap developed 34% to 66% of the time after an implant restoration was inserted next to a natural tooth. This event occurred as early as 3 months after prosthetic rehabilitation, usually on the mesial aspect of a restoration!
Conclusions. Normal bite forces cause tooth movement and the implant acts like an ankylosed tooth.
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