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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6024565, 11 pages
Review Article

Combined Implant and Tooth Support: An Up-to-Date Comprehensive Overview

1School of Dentistry, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
2The City of London School of Dentistry, BPP University, London, UK
3Faculty of Dentistry, School of Health, BPP University, London, UK
4Department of Dentistry, Ministry of Health, Amman, Jordan
5University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Mahmoud K. Al-Omiri

Received 25 December 2016; Revised 11 March 2017; Accepted 13 March 2017; Published 23 March 2017

Academic Editor: Andreas Stavropoulos

Copyright © 2017 Mahmoud K. Al-Omiri 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.


Objectives. This article presents a review on the concerned topics and some considerations related to the concept of splinting teeth and implants in the rehabilitation of partial edentulism. Study Selection. An electronic PubMed/MEDLINE and manual search of identified articles and reviews as well as clinical, laboratory, and finite element studies was performed in this project. Due to the shortage in within-subject, long term, randomized, controlled clinical trials regarding the subject a meta-analysis was not possible. Results. Although surrounded with some controversy, joining teeth and implants during the rehabilitation of partial edentulism provides the clinicians with more treatment options where proprioception and bone volume are maintained and distal cantilevers and free end saddles are eliminated. It makes the treatment less complex, of less cost, and more acceptable for the patient. Conclusions. Whenever suitable and justified, combining implant and tooth support might be recommended as an alternative during rehabilitation of partial edentulism. Based on the literature, clinical tips and suggestions were recommended to increase the success of this treatment.