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Volume 15 , Issue 4
July/August 1995

Pages 385-396

Treatment of the failing implant: Case reports

Mellonig/Griffiths/Mathys/Spitznagel, Jr.

PMID: 8593988
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0133

Three case reports of treatment of the failing implant are presented. The immobile but had lost a significant amount of osseous support. The cause of failure was determined to be a combination of bacterial and occlusal tramatogenic insult. The defects were debrided and the implant surface was detoxified with tetracycline. Decalcified freeze-dried bone allograft was implanted into the osseous defects and covered with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene material in accordance with principles of guided tissue regeneration. The barrier membrane was removed 6 to 8 weeks after placement. Eight months to 1 year posttreatment, all sites demonstrated a substantial reduction in probing depth, a gain inclinical attachment, and bone fill of the defects adjacent to the implant.

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