Radiotherapy: a contraindication for dental implants?


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.
The conclusion:

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.