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ISRN Biomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 921645, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/921645
Review Article

Tooth-Implant Connection: A Review

Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Near East University, Mersin 10/Lefkosa, Turkey

Received 3 September 2012; Accepted 23 September 2012

Academic Editors: S.-J. Ding and B. Yang

Copyright © 2013 Serhat Ramoglu 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

Connecting teeth to osseointegrated implants presents a biomechanical challenge. This is due to the implant being rigidly fixed to the bone and the tooth being attached to the bone with a periodontal ligament. In order to overcome this problem, various connection types such as rigid and nonrigid have been proposed. However, the mechanism of attachment and the perceived problem of the differential support provided by the implant and the tooth have been discussed by many authors, and the ideal connection type is still controversial. The aim of this study was to carry out a review of all available literature addressing the tooth-implant connection and evidence-based understanding of the management of tooth-implant-retained restorations.