2 Oral Rehabilitation Centre, American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly Sur Seine, France
3 Oral Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
4 Department of Prosthetics, Bretonneau Hospital, University of Paris 5, Paris, France
5 Department of Prosthetics, Charles Foix Hospital, University of Paris 5, Paris, France
This paper presents the long-term data of patients that have been treated with an unconventional implant placement protocol to avoid an invasive surgery when edentulism was caused by an impacted tooth. In 2009, the follow-up of this unconven-tional protocol was 2 to 3.5 years; this article documents now the long-term 5- to 8-year follow-up of 3 patients and 5 im-plants. Over this period of time, implant stability was maintained without complications. This unconventional protocol opens intriguing possibilities; however, more patients with long-term follow-up are warranted before endorsing it in routine appli-cation. Nonetheless, it might suggest that there is still room to revisit one of the leading concepts in dental implantology.
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