Long-term outcomes of bone augmentation on soft and hard-tissue stability: a systematic review

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Lutz R, Neukam FW, Simion M, Schmitt CM
Journal: Clinical Oral Implants Research
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 26 Suppl 1
Pages range: 103-22
ISSN: 0905-7161


Peri-implant hard-tissue augmentation is a widely used clinical procedure.The present review aimed to analyse the current literature regarding medium- and long-term data concerning the stability of peri-implant tissues after hard-tissue augmentation prior or immediately with implant placement.An electronic literature search was performed using Medline (PubMed) databases detecting clinical studies focusing on hard- and soft-tissue stability around dental implants placed either in augmented alveolar ridges or simultaneously with peri-implant bone grafting. The search was limited to articles published between 1995 and December 2014, focusing on clinical studies with a prospective study design assessing peri-implant bone and soft tissue stability over time with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. Recent publications were also searched manually to find any relevant studies that might have been missed using the search criteria noted above.Thirty-seven articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in this systematic review. Since the outcome measures and methods, as well as types of grafts and implants used were so heterogeneous, the performance of meta-analysis was impossible. The highest level of evidence was achieved by randomized clinical trials.Different hard-tissue augmentation procedures seem to show stable peri-implant tissues, although, up to now, long-term stability of the augmented buccal bone is assessed by only few studies. Further research should concentrate on combining three-dimensional radiographic data with non-invasive methods as digital surface measuring techniques or ultrasound evaluation.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lutz, Rainer PD Dr.
Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgische Klinik
Neukam, Friedrich Wilhelm Prof. Dr. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Zahnmedizin, insbesondere Mund-, Kiefer-, und Gesichtschirurgie

External institutions with authors

Università degli studi di Milano

How to cite

Lutz, R., Neukam, F.W., Simion, M., & Schmitt, C.M. (2015). Long-term outcomes of bone augmentation on soft and hard-tissue stability: a systematic review. Clinical Oral Implants Research, 26 Suppl 1, 103-22. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/clr.12635

Lutz, Rainer, et al. "Long-term outcomes of bone augmentation on soft and hard-tissue stability: a systematic review." Clinical Oral Implants Research 26 Suppl 1 (2015): 103-22.


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