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Diagnosis of peri-implantitis in the absence of baseline data: A diagnostic accuracy study

Romandini M, Berglundh J, Derks J, Sanz M, Berglundh T. Clin Oral Impl Res 2021 32:297-313 doi: 10.111/clr.13700

Compiled by Dr Sarah Chin


Peri-implantitis is a pathological condition occurring around dental implants resulting from mucosal inflammation and loss of supporting bone due to plaque accumulation. The prevalence of peri-implantitis depends on the case definition and varies from 10–40 per cent. Progression of peri-implantitis follows a non-linear pattern and may result in implant loss.

The 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions (2017 WWP) presented a case definition referring to baseline Probing Pocket Depth (PPD) and marginal bone levels to diagnose peri-implantitis with an increase in PPD, bleeding on probing (BoP) and/or suppuration on probing (SoP) with radiographic evidence of bone loss.

Baseline clinical information is often not available. Secondary case definitions have been suggested. At the 2017 WWP, a suggested secondary case definition in addition to BoP/ SoP, included the findings of a PPD ≥6mm together with a bone level of ≥3mm apical to the most coronal portion of the intra-osseous part of the implant. The VIII European Workshop on Periodontology (VIII EWP) suggested a vertical distance ≥2mm from the expected marginal bone level in radiographs together with BoP/SoP.

No studies have validated the proposed secondary case definitions. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of clinical and radiographic evaluations made at a single time point during follow-up in identifying (i) a history of bone loss and (ii) the presence of peri-implantitis, as assessed by direct evidence.

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