Prevalence of Interproximal Open Contacts Between Single-Implant Restorations and Adjacent Teeth
Spyridon Varthis, DDS, PhD/Anthony Randi, DDS/Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS
Dental implants that achieve osseointegration demonstrate very little movement within bone in comparison to natural teeth. When natural teeth are critically evaluated over time, a mesial movement of teeth is observed. The combination of a mesial drifting of the natural teeth with the relative immobility of osseointegrated implants could result in the development of open interproximal contacts between natural teeth and dental implants. This article identifies this risk and quantifies the observation of open interproximal contacts.