Survival of Intentionally Replanted Teeth and Implant-supported Single Crowns: A Systematic Review

J Endod. 2015 Jul;41(7):992-8. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2015.01.004. Epub 2015 Mar 3.


Introduction: Although nonsurgical initial root canal treatment and retreatment have high success rates, periapical disease can remain. The survival rates of 2 surgical procedures, intentionally replanted (IR) teeth and implant-supported single crowns (ISCs), have yet to be compared. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the literature and quantify the survival of IR teeth and compare it with that of ISCs.

Methods: Systematic searches were enriched by citation mining. Weighted survival means and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using a random-effects model and compared.

Results: The quality of the IR and ISC articles was only moderate. Data for ISCs were much more plentiful than for IR teeth. Meta-analysis revealed a weighted mean survival of 88% (95% CI, 81%-94%) for IR teeth. Root resorption was reported with a mean prevalence of 11%. The weighted mean survival of ISCs was 97% (95% CI, 96%-98%). The mean survival of ISCs was significantly higher than that of IR teeth (P < .001). A recent study on IR teeth indicated that orthodontic extrusion before intentional replantation improved survival rates.

Conclusions: A systematic review and meta-analysis found that the mean survival of ISCs was significantly higher than IR teeth. However, treatment decisions must be based on a wide variety of treatment and patient-specific parameters. Intentional replantation may have a role when ISC is not practicable. Studies using contemporary treatment and analytic methods should be used to identify and measure intentional replant prognostic and treatment variables.

Keywords: Implant-supported single crowns; intentionally replanted teeth; survival; systematic review.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Crowns*
  • Dental Implants, Single-Tooth*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported*
  • Dental Restoration Failure
  • Humans
  • Survival Analysis
  • Tooth Replantation*
  • Treatment Outcome