Journal article

Encode Protocol Versus Conventional Protocol for Single-Implant Restoration: A Prospective 2-Year Follow-Up Randomized Controlled Trial

Jaafar Abduo, Choy Lin Lee, Golnaz Sarfarazi, Bradley Xue, Roy Judge, Ivan Darby

JOURNAL OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY | ALLEN PRESS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

The Encode protocol for restoring single dental implants simplifies the implant impression technique by using a specially coded transmucosal healing abutment. It allows recording of the implant position without the removal of the healing abutment. This prospective randomized controlled clinical trial compares the 2-year clinical performance of the Encode and the conventional protocols for restoring single implants. A total of 47 implants were randomly allocated for restoration by the Encode (24 implants) and the conventional (23 implants) protocols. The implants were reviewed after 2 years to evaluate patient satisfaction, esthetics, prosthesis cleansability, mucosal health, bleeding on prob..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This clinical trial was supported by Biomet 3i. The authors acknowledge the assistance provided by the staff of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and Studio Dental Laboratory. The authors would like to thank the independent statistician, Mr Geoff Adams (Statistics and Epidemiology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia), who reviewed the methodology and statistical analyses of this study.