The feasibility of implant treatment in patients after oral ablative tumor surgery has not yet been investigated with consideration of the requisite high periodontal standards. A report on this topic has to deal not only with implant survival but also with implant health, bone response, soft tissue health, failure pattern, time of failure, and ease of restoration. For the assessment of an implant system, an overview must be accomplished that takes into account the different restorations used and their interaction with the implant system that was used. This study presents the Bone-Lock implant system (Howmedica Leibinger GmbH, Freiburg, Germany) in a retrospective investigation after 5 years of follow-up with special emphasis on the prosthetic restorations used following resection of oral malignancies. From early in 1990 through June 1996, we inserted 210 dental endosteal Bone-Lock implants (58 patients) after oral tumor resectioning. Included in the study were 45 patients with 162 implants and prosthetic restorations that had been loaded for 1 year (dentures retained by telescopic or bar-clip or ball attachments, implant-supported prostheses, tooth-to-implant connected bridges). Regular follow-up consisted of evaluation of the Plaque Index (Silness and Löe) and of the Sulcus Bleeding Index (Löe), measurements of pocket probing depth, implant mobility (by means of the Periotest method), bone resorption (according to X-ray findings), and a questionnaire that registered patient satisfaction. The results were evaluated for each restoration and were compared with baseline standards. The overall 5-year survival rate was 83.2%. For implants that had been in place for over 365 days, the survival rate was 93%. The investigation showed that after resection of oral malignancies, patients could be treated with dental implants and superstructures with long-term efficacy similar to that found in healthy subjects considering internationally accepted standards. Implant treatment in tumor patients appeared to offer the most positive periodontic results when use of bar-clip or telescope-retained overdentures was involved. The patient satisfaction level with the described prosthodontic treatment was satisfactory.

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