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Volume 32 , Issue 5
October 2012

Pages 597 (e169-e173)

Immediate Implant Placement and Restoration in Infected Sites

Alan M. Meltzer, DMD, MScD

PMID: 22754910
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1101

The long-standing assumption that active infection is a contraindication for immediate implant placement has been challenged recently. High implant survival rates have been reported even when implants were placed immediately in infected extraction sockets and provisionalized within 36 hours. To further evaluate the impact of nonocclusal loading on implants placed in cleaned periodontically or endodontically infected extraction sites, this retrospective study examined the results of 77 implants placed in 63 patients and followed for between 3 and 24 months. Initial primary stability was achieved for all implants, and reverse torque testing at 3 and 4 months postoperatively showed 76 of 77 implants (98.7%) to be successfully osseointegrated. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:e169e173.)

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