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Abstract : Immediate loading of dental implants has witnessed a rapid evolution over the years; New implant designs and systems have appeared. Hence, more studies are needed to better determine the efficacy and clinical outcomes of these systems. This study aimed to assess radiographic bone gray-scale values changes around the newly-designed compressive implants after immediate loading. A prospective clinical study was carried out. 10 compressive implants were placed in patients having missing teeth in the posterior region of the mandible. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) was used to follow-up patients immediately, 6 months, and 12 months postoperatively. Grey-scale values from the CBCT images were implemented as indicators for bone density around dental implants. Changes in grey-scale values around the implants were evaluated from the buccal, lingual, mesial and distal implant sides. An increase in the average values of bone density around implants was observed throughout all studied periods, and these findings were more significant after 6 months post-surgically. In conclusion, the compressive threads and tapered design of compressive dental implants allowed forming a highly dense bone around the implant, and high primary stability was achieved, which in turn contributed to the overall success of these implants in immediate loading.