[The SPI implant system: clinical experience and one-year results]

Kessler-Liechti, Gerda; Mericske-Stern, Regina (2006). [The SPI implant system: clinical experience and one-year results]. Schweizerische Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin, 116(3), pp. 258-67. Bern: Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft

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The new Swiss implant system SPI became available three years ago and is used in combination with fixed and removable prosthetic reconstructions. In a pilot study the clinical procedures were evaluated and data of prosthetic complications of maintenance service were collected. 25 patients participated in the study with a total of 79 SPI implants during the time period from 2003-2004. 37 implants were located in the maxilla and 42 implants in the mandible. Two implants failed during the healing period, but no loaded implant was lost. Thus, the survival rate was 97.5% (77/79). 44 implants supported a fixed prosthesis, including nine single crowns and 33 implants were used in combination with removable partial denture. Four implants were used with ball anchor retention, 29 with bar support. The ELEMENT implant with the low implant shoulder allows very good esthetics. Prosthetic complications and maintenance service during the first year of function was comparable with other implant systems. Since the design of the abutment screws, healing caps and screwdriver was changed, the system has become easier in its application.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Prosthodontics [discontinued]
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Division of Fixed Prosthodontics [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Kessler, Gerda and Mericske, Regina




Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft




Eveline Carmen Schuler

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:52

Last Modified:

25 Jan 2017 12:17

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/21838 (FactScience: 15263)

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