Contact person:
Birgitta Häggman Henrikson
  • Odontological Research in Region Skåne (OFRS)
Responsible at MaU:
Birgitta Häggman Henrikson
Time frame:
01 July 2021 - 31 December 2024
Research subject:

About the project

The longevity of any dental restoration is affected by a range of different factors, related to materials used, technical factors as well as patient-related factors. One such patient-related factor that has been shown to affect the survival of both teeth and implants, is the presence of bruxism, i.e. tooth grinding/clenching. Bruxism is related to both the rate of implant failures as well as mechanical and technical complications of implant-supported restorations. Such failures and complications result not only in suffering for the individual but also incurs an increased cost for our dental care systems and society due to the time and expense involved in redoing dental work.

The general purpose of this project is to evaluate the relationship between bruxism and complications after implant treatment.

Specific aims

  • Part 1. To carry out a prospective long-term follow-up assessment of an existing patient cohort of implant restorations to evaluate dental complications in relation to bruxism.
  • Part 2. To develop a protocol for reporting implant-related complications in order to evaluate the effects on dental care and society, and to identify risk factors for predicting future implant treatments.
  • Part 3. Implementation of the protocol in dental care in the Skåne region to evaluate post-treatment complications and identify risk factors for forecasting future implant treatment.

Improved risk assessment

By identifying risk factors for dental complications such as fractures of teeth, fillings and implant prosthetics we hope to be able to improve risk assessment before implant treatment in order to provide individualized treatment plans that can improve the longevity of dental restorations and thereby improve oral health. The results of the project can be of direct relevance to patients, dental care providers as well as society.