More Restorative Articles


Prosthetic screw loosening: An innovative technique to manage a common complication with dental implants

When abutment screw loosening occurs with a cement-retained crown, the clinician is faced with a difficult challenge, often requiring the dentist to send the crown to the lab to be “uncemented” from the abutment. The patient is left without a crown for several days until it comes back from the lab separated from the abutment. Daniel D. Gober, DDS, and Markus L. Weitz, DDS, illustrate a technique to reseat a cement-retained crown-abutment unit that loosened from the implant by converting a cement-retained crown into a screw-retained crown at the very same appointment.

Correcting malpositioned dental implants: Where do we go from here?

An unfortunate occurrence in dental implant prosthetics is malpositioned implant placement. Steven Pigliacelli, CDT, MDT, offers insight into the various restorative options available as well as their drawbacks. He says, “The team concept of oral surgeon, restoring dentist, and lab technicians is most crucial at the planning stages rather than the final restoration stage. By using scans and implant placement software, we can preplan the final restoration and carry out our plan with no late surprises to the patient or restoring doctor as far as lab fees or final esthetics.”

A cost-effective method of creating a dental implant surgical guide for ridge augmentation

Peter Mann, DDS, FICOI, FAGD, says, “Building the ideal ridge form via hard- and soft-tissue ridge augmentation makes ideal implant placement possible. However, creating surgical guides for ridge augmentation—even though it is just as important as implant surgical guides—is not usual practice.” Study his step-by-step technique that describes a cost-effective, easy-to-manufacture surgical guide for ridge augmentation that you can easily implement into your practice.

Perio-Implant Advisory JOMI Clinical Pearls: Discussions on zirconia versus titanium implants, peri-implantitis, and dental implant geometry

Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns authors this JOMI Clinical Pearls column in Perio-Implant Advisory, where he discusses three articles from The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI)—the official journal of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO)—as reviewed by a member of the Academy’s Young Clinicians Committee (YCC). Topics cover zirconia versus titanium implants, peri-implantitis, and dental implant geometry.

Step-by-step procedure to simplified and efficient root canal techniques

Manhattan dentist Dr. Peter Mann says, “There are many dentists I’ve met who are great and efficient at performing root canals daily in their practices. However, many more dentists shy away from performing root canals, refer out all molar cases, and don’t see the procedure as being profitable for their practices at all. I’m a general dentist, and root canals are one of the procedures I enjoy performing the most. Root canals have become a predictable and efficient part of my practice. Let me explain.”

This month's clinical tip from the editor: 'The implant you put in my mouth is now bleeding; what should I do?'

A dreaded phone call that every dental office involved in dental implant therapy may encounter is when a patient calls and says, “Hey Doc, the implant you put in my mouth a few days (or months or years) ago started to bleed.” Most often patients will claim that the problem started “out of the blue” and they tried rinsing their mouths with various medicaments all to no avail. Perio-Implant Advisory Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, shares his advice and gives the top five reasons why implant restorations can bleed in his clinical tip of the month.

Etiology, prevention, and treatment of screw loosening and fracture

Prosthodontist Andrew Mackie, BDS, DClinDent, from New Zealand explains the etiology, prevention, and treatment of loose screws and screw fracture of dental implants. He explains often-misunderstood, important concepts such as the physics and technique.

This month's clinical tip from the editor: 'Help! My implant fell out!'

When a patient calls your dental office saying, “The implant you put in my mouth fell out. What should I do?” Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, suggests you tell the patient to send you a picture via text of the “implant that has fallen out.” Nine times out of 10 it will be a healing abutment usually caused by noncompliance with postop instructions to have a soft food diet rather than the implant.

How a perfect, implant-retained anterior bridge can cause facial pain

Dr. Lee N. Sheldon discusses a problem your patients may experience called an interference with the cranial rhythm. But if you don’t know the symptoms, you’ll dismiss their concerns. We were never taught about it in dental school, and it isn't often recognized in traditional dentistry or medicine. The whole issue begins with the “perfect” implant case.

A unique method of debriding a full-arch, maxillary prosthesis supported by dental implants

The role of endosseous dental implants in restorative dentistry has evolved dramatically since original treatment concepts of the early 1970s. Dr. Kavit N. Shah, a prosthodontist in London, shares with colleagues a way to rotate patients’ prostheses on a two- to three-year basis so that they can be thoroughly and effectively debrided, disinfected, and refurbished where required, effectively offering a cost-effective and time-efficient solution through the use of a “spare” prosthesis.

Enhancing periodontal regeneration with the use of biologics

In the last decade, the regenerative potential of periodontal and furcation defects have become both more predictable and successful, largely due to the adjunctive use of biologic modifiers such as purified human platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) in combination with beta-tricalcium phosphate or freeze-dried bone allograft. The advent of dental implants has dramatically changed the field of dentistry, but we must not forget that many teeth with periodontal defects can be saved and treated predictably with proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Gregory Pette shares his keys to success with periodontal regeneration as he takes readers through one of his cases.

For the love of everything holy, don't use permanent cement for implants

Whether you prefer screw-retention or cement retention, I think we can all agree that the ability to retrieve the restoration is very important. If there is a fracture of restorative material, such as porcelain or acrylic, then it’s nice to be able to remove the thing and have the lab fix it. I would also urge you to consider how certain contours of the prosthesis can hinder hygienic access, so periodically removing some restorations can significantly aid peri-implant maintenance procedures. But when it comes down to the bitter end, let’s all make a pact together: no more permanent cement for implant restorations.

American Academy of Periodontology to host technology-focused conference in Chicago

Dental team collaboration and shared learning are among event highlights

Practical applications for periodontal regenerative therapies

Five practical application papers that translate the findings from the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2014 Workshop on Regeneration into clinical practice.

Dental Wings

VIDEO: The coolest thing I saw at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting

Dr. Chris Salierno, chief editor of Dental Economics and co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, talks with a representative from Dental Wings about the features of their amazing new dental product.