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Volume 27 , Issue 1
January/February 2007

Pages 9-15

Scalloped Implant Designs Enhance Interproximal Bone Levels

Bradley S. McAllister DDS, PhD

PMID: 17370657
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0726

Consecutively restored scalloped dental implants were evaluated radiographically and clinically. Radiographic evaluation of 16 two-piece scalloped implants and 9 one-piece scalloped implants revealed enhanced interproximal bone levels versus a nonscalloped conventional flat-top implant design. Based on the Jemt system for interproximal soft tissue level evaluation, 78% of the two-piece implants scored a 3 and 22% scored a 2, and 89% of the one-piece implants scored a 3 and 11% scored a 2. Enhanced interproximal tissue preservation from scalloped implant designs may lead to more predictable esthetic dental implant restorations in the anterior maxilla. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2007;27:915.)

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