Objective To observe the efficacy of dental implants in elderly patients with free - end dentition defect. Methods A total of 120 elderly patients with free - end dentition defect received dental implant restoration 3 to 6 months after tooth extraction. Then, follow - up visits were carried out for 1 to 3 years to observe the successful rate of restoration, patient satisfaction, the morphological changes of soft tissues, tooth mobility, and the bone loss of plants. Results Dental plant restoration was successful in 115 cases, in which the patients reported normal functions of the plant with satisfactory appearance. The mucous membrane and gingiva surrounding the plants looked normal. The plant and metal - ceramic crown was not loose. According to stomatological CT scanning, the bone loss of plants met the requirement of success. Conclusions Dental plants present clear efficacy during the restoration of free - end dentition defect in elderly patients.
Acta Academiae Medicinae Xuzhou
free - end dentition defect