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Bone Loss Around Dental Implants Are Now More Common

Posted by drg. Ardyan Gilang Rahmadhan SKG. On 1:06 AM

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Thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, revealed that bone loss around dental implants is far more common than previously realised. About one in four patients loose some degree of supporting bone around their implants.

From 600 patients X-rays analysis, they found that more implants a patient had in the jaw, the more common it was to find loss of supporting bone. And over a quarter 28 per cent of patients had lost some degree of supporting bone around their implants.

Christer Fransson, dental surgeon consultant said, "Contrary to what we had previously assumed, the bone loss in these patients was not linear, but instead accelerated with time." It is important to detect and treat bone loss around implants at an early stage, said him.

One of several factors that increase the risk of bone loss is smoking. In the study smokers had more implants with bone loss than non-smokers.
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The study also shows that the soft tissues surrounding an implant with bone loss is often inflamed. "In that way we can notice early signs of inflammation and treat it before the bone loss has any serious consequences," said Fransson.

Source: One In Four Patients Have Lost Bone Around Their Implants

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