The Effect of Coded Healing Abutments on Treatment Duration and Clinical Outcome: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing Encode and Conventional Impression Protocols
Jaafar Abduo, Chen Chen, Eugene Le Breton, Alexandra Radu, Josephine Szeto, Roy Judge, Ivan Darby
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL IMPLANTS | QUINTESSENCE PUBLISHING CO INC | Published : 2017
PURPOSE: To compare the Encode impression protocol (Biomet 3i) with the conventional impression protocol in terms of treatment duration, clinical accuracy, and outcome up to the first postplacement review of single-implant crowns. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 implants were included in this study. The implants were randomly allocated to the Encode group (23 implants) or the conventional group (22 implants). At the time of surgery, all implants received two-piece Encode healing abutments. The implants were restored 3 months after insertion. In the conventional protocol, open-tray implant-level impressions were taken and the implants were restored with prefabricated abutments and porcel..View full abstract
This study was supported by Biomet 3i. The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the staff of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and the Studio Dental Laboratory. The authors also thank Ms Karen Escobar, Dr Denise Bailey, and Mr Geoff Adams for their generous contributions. The authors report no conflicts of interest related to this study.