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01.12.2014 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2014

Successful mandible rehabilitation of lower incisors with one-piece implants

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2014
Dorina Lauritano, Roberto Grassi, Dario di Stasio, Alberta Lucchese, Massimo Petruzzi
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Dorina Lauritano, Roberto Grassi, Dario di Stasio, Alberta Lucchese and Massimo Petruzzi contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributors

DL conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination and drafted the manuscript. RG is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. DS is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. AL conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination and helped to draft the manuscript. MP is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Implant survival rate
Peri-implant bone reabsorption.


The popularity of immediate loading implants has increased considerably among patients and dentists [1]. The advantages of immediate loading are to reduce the number of interventions and time of prosthetic [2]. Furthermore, the success of immediate loading is related to the primary implant stability and loading control [3]. In fact, primary stability has always been considered fundamental to osseointegration. To facilitate the immediate loading protocol, the stability of the implant at the time of placement is essential [4], and implant surface modifications have a significant role in measuring the success of osseointegration. The primary implant stability at placement is the mechanical phenomenon related to the quality and quantity of the bone at the recipient site, the type and design of the implant used. These parameters can be better controlled with a one-pieiece implant [4]. In fact, although two-piece implants have shown great success for a long time, the two stages of surgical procedures, the infiltration of bacteria in the microgap between abutment and implant, and the screw fracture after loading, are considered complications that could be overcome by the use of one-piece implants [5]. In addition, the one-piece implant allows a minimally invasive flapless surgery which is very well accepted by patients [6]. The immediate prosthetic of a one-piece system allows for better tissue healing [7], better adhesion of the gingival mucosa to form a collar which is healthy and adherent to the implant, and avoiding a second surgical procedure [8]. The prosthetic procedure of a one-piece implant enables the physiology of the natural tooth. The one-piece implant enables a borderline preparation following the contour of the gingival margin leading to a better preservation of mucous seal [9]. One-piece immediate loading implants have a survival rate similar to delayed loading implants [10]. Since immediate loading of one-piece implants has become a widely used procedure for rehabilitation of partially edentulous patients, we decided to perform a retrospective study on one-piece implants inserted in partially edentulous mandibles.


We enrolled 21 (12 women and 9 men) patients in this retrospective study. The mean follow-up was 1 year. A total of 84 one-piece implants (BioHorizons, Italy) were inserted in the mandible to replace 42 lower first and 42 second incisors. The diameter of the implants was 3.0mm in all fixtures. The length of the implants was equal to or longer than 12mm in 44 and 40 fixtures respectively. Of these, 48 were inserted in women and 36 in men (age range 33 to 67 years; mean age 58.3 years; Table 1).
Table 1
Number of implants inserted in 12 women and 9 men and length of implants
Ten implants were lost after 1 year follow-up. The implant survival rate (ISR) was 80.5%.
Peri-implant bone reabsorption was investigated in the remaining 74 implants. Only two implants have more than 1.5mm of crestal bone reabsorption after 1 year.


In the literature there are no studies describing one-piece immediate loading implants to restore incisors in the lower jaw with a median follow-up of 1 year. Early publications on one-piece implants for restoration of lower first and second incisors sites were presented as case reports [11, 12]. One-piece immediate loading implants have been becoming a widespread procedure for oral rehabilitation of edentulous jaws. Many factors can influence the implants’ survival: surgical technique, bone quality, the type of implants, and system factors related to the occlusion. The surgical technique should provide for the primary stability; bone quality and quantity are also key factors for implant success [13]. The type of implant includes design, surface characteristics, and diameter and length of implant. Occlusion is related to prosthetic design [14]. Patient’s compliance is better with a one-piece implant than with a two-stage procedure. In fact patients experience pain and inflammation more frequently with a traditional delayed prosthetic. The osseointegration of a two-piece implant needs 3 to 6 months before loading, so the prosthetic phase can begin. In addition, patients who have a flapless procedure need minimal post-surgery medications, and flapless surgery allows blood supply to new bone reducing reabsorption. A single stage with one-piece implants provides a better osseointegration avoiding micromovements of the fixture, a good soft tissue healing and less discomfort for the patient [15].


The limitation of the study is that there is no comparison available between the survival rate of the one piece and the two piece. However, there is no difference between the survival rate of one-piece immediate loading implants and two-piece implants and delayed loading. The mandible has a good bone quality and good bone quality is a predictor of implants’ survival rate [15]. A one-piece implant design avoids manipulating soft gingival peri-implant tissues, allowing adhesion of connective tissue to bone and implant-abutment neck. In conclusion, a one-piece immediate loading implant is a reliable device for mandible rehabilitation. The advantages of one-piece implants are manifold: functional and esthetic rehabilitation, reduced operating time, less armamentarium, less damage to surrounding tissue, and a better use of the space where the bone thickness is reduced. The management of partial edentulous space requires a multidisciplinary approach. Implant success depends on the amount and quality of bone tissue and the primary stability that allows a correct osseointegration. Patient compliance to oral rehabilitation is definitely promoted by one-piece implants with careful planning and a minimally invasive technique.
In conclusion, the solution of complex implantology problems, as in post-extractive implantology with immediate load, requires an adequate competence and an accurate diagnostic process of feasibility, to select the ideal implant for this type of implantology application.


Study design


A total of 21 patients with one-piece implants inserted in the mandible were considered for this retrospective study. The study population was selected from the patients of three dentists working in private practice and treated with implant therapy from 2012 to 2014. The inclusion criteria were: good oral hygiene, absence of lesions of the oral mucosa, no smoking or smoking less than 20 cigarettes a day, drinking less than two glasses of wine a day, good general health (no prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy; no immunosuppression or corticosteroid therapy; no liver, blood or kidney disease), and no pregnancy. All patients signed an informed consent for participation in the study. This study was approved by local committee of Republic of San Marino (trail registration number AB571479456).


The first outcome was ISR 1 year after insertion and prosthetic. The second outcome was the peri-implant bone reabsorption (PBR). It was evaluated in relation to reabsorption of bone of more than 1.5mm in the first year after implant insertion.

Data collection

All patients were subjected to a radiographic X-ray (Sirona Orthophos XG 5, Siemens, Italy) with software for image processing (Sidexis XG, Siemens, Italy). A computed tomography scan (Gendex, KaVo Italia) before implants insertion was performed when necessary. Peri-implant crestal bone levels were evaluated by the calibrated examination of radiographic X-ray after surgery and at the end of follow-up period (1 year). The measurements were carried out medially and distally to each implant calculating the distance between the implant neck and the most coronal point of contact between implant and bone. The measure was put in relation to the level of bone measured immediately after the insertion of the implant, which was the point of reference for subsequent measurements. The radiographs with measures were saved in a compressed TIFF format. Each file was processed with a Microsoft Windows XP professional operating system using Photoshop 8.0 (Adobe, USA) and shown on a 432mm (17-inch) Asus computer display. The Sidexis software allows radiographic measurements corresponding to the real ones. The difference between the implant abutment junction and the bone crestal level was defined as PBR.

Surgical protocol

All patients followed the same surgical protocol (Figures 1 and 2).The anesthesia of the jaw was obtained by the injection of articaine and post-surgical analgesic treatment was performed with 100mg of ketoprofen three times a day if necessary. One-piece implants (BioHorizons, Italy) were inserted in fresh extraction sites (Figure 3). All implant necks were positioned at the crestal level. A provisional prosthesis was provided within 48 hours and a definitive within 4 weeks (Figures 4 and 5). All patients agreed to follow a strict oral hygiene protocol and recall.
T-test analysis was used to calculate ISR and PBR.
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​4.​0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://​creativecommons.​org/​publicdomain/​zero/​1.​0/​) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributors

DL conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination and drafted the manuscript. RG is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. DS is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. AL conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination and helped to draft the manuscript. MP is one of the surgeons who performed implantology. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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