Radiotherapy has been considered a contraindication for dental implants. However, many clinicians have installed implants in irradiated patients with some success.
A recent systemic review review of the literature compared the success rate of implants placed in irradiated human bone tissue with that of implants placed in nonirradiated areas.
Dental implants installed in the irradiated area of an oral cavity have a high survival rate, but strict monitoring is needed to prevent complications, thereby reducing possible failures.
What have you done in your practice when faced with a patient undergoing radiotherapy? Implants or not?
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1. J Prosthet Dent. 2016 Dec;116(6):858-866 Irradiated patients and survival rate of dental implants: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Smith Nobrega A, et al.