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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2016 Feb;37(2):S1-12.

A Report of Three Cases from an Ongoing Prospective Clinical Study on a Novel Pink Biomimetic Implant System.

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Department of Periodontics, University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland;Kevin G. Murphy and Associates, P.A., Baltimore, Maryland.
Dental Design Drs. Polack and Olano Gainesville, Virginia.
Northern Virginia Surgical Arts Arlington, Virginia.
Hickerson and Associates DDS Houston, Texas.
University of Texas Dental Branch Houston, Texas; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.


While, overall, dental implants are highly efficacious, consistently achieving predictable esthetic results can pose color-driven challenges at the implant/soft-tissue interface, particularly in the esthetic zone. An ongoing, 5-year, multicenter (eight sites) prospective study is following a total of 168 implants placed in 120 patients using a novel biomimetic (osteoconductive) implant system with pink collars and abutments that afford better gingival color matching, enhanced design variability, and streamlined fabrication and customization of the abutment/implant-tissue interface. The full results of this study will be published at the 3-year and 5-year timepoints; however, clinical analyses of the 18-month interim survival rates, marginal bone and soft-tissue level changes, and esthetics have been completed, showing an overall success rate among all of the implanted sites of 95.8%. For the three representative cases described in this article (two anterior, one posterior), all of the implant site probing depths were ≤ 3 mm at the final crown placement as well as at 6, 12, and 18 months after implant placement. Facial soft-tissue heights were stable or increased by ≥ 0.86 mm; lingual soft-tissue heights were reduced by ≤ 1.11 mm. Facial and lingual attached-gingiva widths were reduced by ≤ 1.20 mm and ≤ 0.63 mm, respectively. Interproximal marginal alveolar bone levels were stable (gain/loss range: +0.40 to -1.1 mm) from the start of the study through 18 months. Gingival inflammation, bleeding on probing, and plaque were infrequently observed, and esthetic results were uniformly excellent at the 18-month follow-up visit.

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