Objective: The purpose of this prospective, randomized, controlled, multicenter clinical study was to analyze the optical effects of an anodized pink colored implant shoulder/abutment system in the peri-implant mucosa of immediately placed dental implants.
Materials and method: Forty subjects with a restoratively hopeless tooth in the maxillary esthetic zone, were recruited and randomized to receive either a pink-neck implant, or a conventional gray implant. All patients received an immediate implant and immediate provisional and two identical CAD/CAM titanium abutments with different surface colors: pink and gray, and one zirconia all-ceramic crown. The color of the peri-implant mucosa was measured using a dental spectrophotometer and analyzed using CIELAB color system.
Results: The overall color difference between the peri-implant mucosa with a pink abutment and a gray abutment was ΔE = 4.22. Patients with gray implants presented a color change of ΔE = 3.86-4.17 with this abutment change, while patients with pink implants had a color change of ΔE = 3.84-4.69. The peri-implant mucosa with a pink abutment was significantly more red when compared with a gray abutment (P ≤ .01).
Conclusions: When a pink abutment was used, there is a significant color change of the peri-implant mucosa that is above the detectable color threshold.
Clinical significance: Esthetic outcomes are important for the success of implant treatment of maxillary anterior implants. The phenomenon of the gray color of a dental implant and abutment shining through the peri-implant mucosa has been documented in the literature. The objective of this study was to assess the optical effect of an anodized pink-neck implant and a pink abutment on the color of peri-implant mucosa. This study demonstrates that using pink-neck implant and a pink abutment would contribute positively to the overall esthetic outcome for an anterior implant.
Keywords: dental materials; esthetic dentistry; implants.
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