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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 854062, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/854062
Case Report

Early Loading of Single-Piece Implant for Partially Edentulous Posterior Arch: A Prospective One-Year Case Report

1Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir’s KBH Dental College, Panchavati, Nashik 422003, Maharshtra, India
2Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital Of Deemed University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra, India
3Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Rangoonwala Dental College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Received 16 February 2013; Accepted 13 March 2013

Academic Editors: C. N. Elias, A. V. Ritter, and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2013 Amol Beldar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Implant therapy is now well established, and there is an increasing need for shorter rehabilitation time. Original prerequisites of osseointegration have been reassessed to satisfy continuously increasing patient's expectation of reduced treatment time, improved esthetics, and increased comfort. Shorter healing time may be appropriate in some circumstances, and examples of early loading have been reported in animal and human studies. However, to date there are insufficient data to determine a universally acceptable opinion on early loading of implants for single-tooth replacement. This case report involves early loading, combined with construction of a restoration, inserted directly after 6 weeks of implant surgery and followup of one year.