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Maintaining Dental Implants Maintaining Dental Implants

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, DICOI

Date Added:

7/21/2008


Summary:

Implant dentistry has become an important treatment regimen in restorative dentistry since outcome predictability became very well-established and recognized for long-term dental implant and restoration success. The increasing number of patients selecting dental implants as a treatment option presents the dental team with the challenge of maintaining these sometimes complex restorations. This article will help the reader to understand the similarity and differences in the periodontal structure surrounding a natural tooth versus that of a dental implant, understand how dental implants should be treated during routine maintenance appointments, understand optimal approaches to evaluating the status of dental implants and implant health, understand methods for improved home care around dental implants, and understand how to determine health versus ailing versus failing status around dental implants.

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