New-Design Dental Implants: A 1-Year Retrospective Clinical Study of 344 Consecutively Placed Implants Comparing Immediate Loading Vs. Delayed Loading and Flapless Vs. Full -Thickness Flap
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Replacement of missing teeth with affordable dental implants has become widely accepted.In the last 25 years, typical dental treatment involving dental implants is carried out in two stages. The implant is inserted into the bone during the first stage, and then left for 3-6 months without loading, for the healing process to take place. The second stage involves exposing the implant, and loading prosthesis. The load-free healing period was considered to be important to provide time for formation of a direct interface between the dental implant and bone, without intervening soft tissue. This term is often referred to as osseointegration and is thought to minimize the risk of implant failure.