Efficacy of growth factors for the treatment of peri-implant diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ismael Khouly, Simon Pardiñas-López, Ryan Richard Ruff, Franz Josef Strauss

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy of growth factors (GF) on clinical outcomes after treatment (surgical/non-surgical) of peri-implant diseases (peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis). Materials and methods: A protocol was developed to answer the following focused question: Is there any difference for the use of GF for treatment of peri-implant diseases versus comparative GF treatment or without GF? Electronic database and manual searches were independently conducted to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Publications were selected based on eligibility criteria and then assessed for risk-of-bias using the Cochrane Handbook. The primary outcome was probing depth (PD) and bleeding on probing (BOP) reduction along with changes in vertical defect depth (VDD). Changes in clinical attachment level, gingival recession, and plaque index, among others, were studied as secondary outcomes. Based on primary outcomes, random-effects meta-analysis was conducted. Results: A total of five RCTs were included. GF enhance the reduction of PD (standardized mean difference (SMD) = − 1.28; 95% confidence interval (CI) − 1.75, − 0.79; p = < 0.0001) and BOP (SMD = − 1.23; 95% CI − 1.70, − 0.76; p = < 0.0001) in the management of peri-implant mucositis. For the treatment of peri-implantitis, the use of GF yielded to significantly greater improvement in VDD (SMD = 0.68; 95% CI 0.22, 1.14; p = 0.004); however, there were no significant differences in terms of PD (SMD = 0.08; 95% CI − 1.08, 1.26; p = 0.887) and BOP (SMD = 0.211; 95% CI − 0.20, 0.63; p = 0.317). The overall risk of bias of the included studies was low to unclear. Conclusion: The results of the present systematic review suggest that the addition of GF might enhance the outcomes in the treatment of peri-implant mucositis. However, there is a lack of evidence for supporting additional benefit of GF managing peri-implantitis. Clinical relevance: Within the limitations of the current systematic review and based on the meta-analyses, (1) the addition of GF for the treatment peri-implant mucositis might be associated with better outcomes in terms of PD and BOP, and (2) an additional benefit of GF for the treatment peri-implantitis could not be determined on the basis of the selected evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2141-2161
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Oral Investigations
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Growth factors
  • Peri-implant diseases
  • Peri-implant mucositis
  • Peri-implantitis
  • Humans
  • Dental Implants
  • Stomatitis/drug therapy
  • Peri-Implantitis/drug therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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