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apicocoronal implant maintenance

Effective implant maintenance and cleaning protocols

There is a significant body of work regarding the complexities of dental implants and their maintenance. Dr. Robert Gottlieb and Suzanne Newkirk, RDH, provide a brief overview of the implant protocols they have found to be most effective in their practice.

endo vs. implant

Endodontic therapy vs. implant maintenance: an evidence-based review

When giving patients options for their restorations, Drs. Doreen Toskos and Joseph DiBernardo say that implant surgeons must address the possibility of endodontic therapy, and general dentists/endodontists must discuss the ramifications of implant therapy. As dentists, we are trained to preserve the natural dentition for our patients, and it is our ethical responsibility to do so whenever possible.

Scott Froum, DDS

Review of the treatment protocols for peri-implantitis

Surgical-Restorative Resource co-editor Dr. Scott Froum defines peri-implantitis, discusses various treatment modalities, and assesses the latest scientific studies. He concludes that new treatment modalities need to be evaluated using long-term randomized-controlled studies to identify predictable and successful treatment of peri-implantitis.

Valerie Sternberg Smith, RDH

Detecting cement in the peri-implant sulcus

Retained cement around an implant can lead to peri-implantitis, and in some cases implant failure. Valerie Sternberg Smith, RDH, BS, suggests when and how to remove cement from implant restorations.

Amanda Seay, DDS

Prosthetic management of surgical complications using e.max

This case study discusses the esthetic challenges of a bone graft/implant gone bad. Dr. Amanda Seay restores with e.max and pink porcelain.

Stuart J. Froum, DDS

My patient's implant is bleeding; what do I do?

Dr. Stuart Froum discusses the two disease entities accompanied by inflammation of the soft tissue around a dental implant: mucositis and peri-implantitis. He describes the manifestations, risk factors, and complications.

Maureen Tsokris, RDH, EdD

Dental implant maintenance: a team effort

As more and more implants are placed, the dental team will encounter great variations in patient needs and potential complications. Maureen Tsokris, RDH, EdD, explains how imperative it is that all dental team members are equipped to provide proper assessment and maintenance of dental implants to ensure long-term success.