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Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2012 Sep 1;17(5):e765-8.

Survival of implants placed with the osteotome technique: an update.

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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Valencia, Clínicas Odontológicas, Gascó Oliag 1, 46021-Valencia, Spain.


A literature review is made to analyze the survival of implants placed with the osteotome technique. A PubMed search was made based on the key words "osteotome AND dental implants", corresponding to publications between 1998-2008. The inclusion criteria were: a) a minimum of 10 patients; b) a minimum follow-up of 6 months; c) implants placed using the osteotome technique with or without indirect sinus lift; and d) specification of the implant number and survival rate. Sixty-four articles were identified, of which 20 met the inclusion criteria. A total of 2006 implants were placed in 1312 patients using the osteotome technique. The duration of follow-up after prosthetic loading ranged from 6-144 months. Indirect sinus lift was carried out in all but one of the studies. The residual crest height ranged from 2.8-12 mm, with a mean gain in bone after sinus lift of 2.5-5.1 mm. The time from implant placement to prosthetic loading varied from 1.5-9 months. The percentage implant survival rate was 85.1-100%. The survival rate of implants placed with the osteotome technique is high and does not differ with respect to implant placement with the conventional technique.

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