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Success Rate, Healing Time, and Implant Stability of Photofunctionalized Dental Implants Success Rate, Healing Time, and Implant Stability of Photofunctionalized Dental Implants

Author(s):

Akiyoshi Funato, D.D.S.;Masahiro Yamada; Takahiro Ogawa

Date Added:

12/18/2013


Summary:

This is the first study to report the clinical outcomes of photofunctionalized dental implants. This retrospective study analyzed 95 consecutive patients who received 222 untreated implants and 70 patients who received 168 photofunctionalized implants over a follow-up period of 2.5 years. Photofunctionalization was performed by treating implants with UV light for 15 minutes using a photo device immediately before placement. Within the limits of this retrospective study, despite the more frequent use of shorter and smaller-diameter implants, the use of photofunctionalization allowed for a faster loading protocol without compromising the success rate.

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