A meta-analysis was performed on eleven studies that compared marginal bone loss between implants restored with the following protocols: Immediate restoration/loading; early loading; conventional loading
After adjusting for implant placement levels, no significant difference was found when comparing marginal bone loss for four scenarios:
- immediate restoration/loading + delayed placement versus conventional loading + delayed placement.
- immediate restoration + delayed placement versus early loading + delayed placement.
- early loading + delayed placement versus conventional loading + delayed placement.
- immediate loading + immediate placement versus conventional loading + immediate placement.
The timing of restoration does not have an effect on implant marginal bone loss according to this meta-analysis when comparing the clinical scenarios outlined above.
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Effect of the timing of restoration on implant marginal bone loss: a systematic review.
J Periodontol. 2013 Feb;84(2):159-69.