Soft tissue development around abutments with a circular macro-groove in healed sites of partially edentulous posterior maxillae and mandibles: A clinical pilot study

Department of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Dental School Vienna, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
Clinical Oral Implants Research (Impact Factor: 3.89). 12/2010; 22(7):743-52. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2010.02054.x
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The aim of this study was to evaluate soft tissue development at concave circular macro-grooved titanium abutments in healed sites.
In a split-mouth pilot study 10 patients received two implants each at healed posterior sites in contralateral maxillary or mandibular jaw quadrants. Either circular macro-grooved concave study abutments or conventional convex control abutments were immediately provisionalized and received permanent crowns 3 months postimplantation. Marginal bone level, papilla index, modified plaque and bleeding index were recorded. The esthetic outcome was evaluated with standardized perpendicular pictures according to the Pink Esthetic Score (PES). Statistical analysis included the description of all variables by mean value, standard deviation and range. PES values were compared using the Wilcoxon signed rank test for paired data.
Cumulative survival rate for all 20 implants was 100%. At the 1-year follow-up, there was no statistical significant difference of marginal bone levels between sites restored with the study (-0.11 ± 0.77 mm) vs. the control (-0.34 ± 0.53 mm) abutments (P>0.05). Esthetic evaluation (PES) revealed statistically significant differences in scores between the study group [study abutment group] (7.2 ± 2.82, 8 ± 1.89) and the control group [control abutment group] (9.5 ± 1.58, 10.5 ± 1.72) at the time of prosthetic delivery and the 1-year follow-up. Whereas PES scores for mesial papilla at control sites at the 1-year follow-up demonstrated statistically significant higher values, both soft tissue level and soft tissue contour at control sites revealed statistically significantly higher PES values (P<0.05) at time of prosthetic delivery and at 1-year follow-up when compared with study sites.
Concave macro-grooved abutments in healed posterior maxillary and mandibular sites did not exhibit a superior soft tissue development compared with standard convex abutments.

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    • "achieve steady improvement in PES score (Cosyn et al. 2013). Following type 2 (4–8 weeks after tooth extraction) and type 3 (12– 16 weeks after tooth extraction) implants placement, spontaneous improvements of PES score might occur in the short-term follow-up , and then the PES score will likely reverse to the baseline level when the observational time was prolonged to at least 3 years after crown installation (Buser et al. 2011, 2013; Weinlander et al. 2011; Pieri et al. 2013). It is worth mentioning that only bone-level implant systems were used in the above studies . "
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    • "After abutment and crown placement, the periimplant soft tissue is still under remodeling. With the relief of the pressure on the soft-tissue contour, color, and texture may become relatively more mature and healthy at a shortterm follow-up (Weinlander et al. 2011; Payer et al. 2012). And this process was not affected by the timing of implant placement. "
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    • "Concave macro-groove abutments in healed maxillary and mandibular sites did not exhibit a superior soft tissue development compared with standard abutments. This finding is in agreement with some (Weinlander et al. 2010), yet divergent with that of others (Rompen et al. 2007). The dontrix gauge measurement records showed no statistically significant variation in the force required to unseat the abutments within all variations of diameters, angles, heights and types. "
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