|Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal|
2003, Vol. 5, No. 3
© 2003, Stomatologija
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Biological Response to Dental Implant Loading/Overloading.
Linish Vidyasagar, Peteris Apse
Dental implants have reported success rates of over 90 % over long periods of time. However failures still occur and seem to be unpredictable. One factor that is being increasingly considered in failure of dental implants is occlusal loading. The aim of this article is to review literature related to loading and overloading implants through masticatory and parafunctional activity, in order to attempt to clarify causality of overload as related to implant failure. Within the context of the published literature, the consensus on overloading of dental implants is still an unresolved issue. It can be concluded that more research is required to reach a clearer understanding on the relationship between overload and interfacial biomechanics.
Key words: dental, implant, overload
Address correspondence to Prof. Peteris Apse, Dzirciema iela 20, Riga, Latvia, LV 1007. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 22 08 2003
Accepted for publishing: 27 09 2003