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The initial focus of my implant practice was esthetics. I applied the principles of plastic and reconstructive maxillofacial surgery toward developing a site preservation protocol and towards achieving predictability with hard and soft tissue site development. We assembled a team that allowed us to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to esthetic implant therapy, and I shared our cumulative experience in my textbook Soft Tissue and Esthetic Considerations in Implant Therapy (Quintessence 2003).

I also focused on learning how to avoid and manage implant complications. I made a point of analyzing our own experiences with complications, and I had opportunity to treat a large number of implant related complications referred to my practice. Over time, I gained considerable knowledge and experience concerning the factors that need to be recognized to avoid a wide variety of complications, as well as the treatment planning concepts and techniques required to manage patients who had experienced these complications.

We are seeing an increasing number of patients referred to our practice for management of implant complications. With greater awareness of the tremendous benefits that dental implant therapy provides, an increasing number of general practitioners and specialists are now providing surgical and restorative implant care. With the increasing number of patients receiving dental implant care, it is natural to experience an increased number of complications.

Nevertheless, the increasing numbers of avoidable complications is of great concern and may jeopardize the excellent status that dental implant therapy currently enjoys. A similar phenomenon occurred during the boom of cosmetic surgery when many physicians began to perform surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures without making a commitment to obtain education and clinical experience prior to providing care.

Thus, in order minimize the number of avoidable complications; it is imperative that dental professionals who want to provide implant care qualify themselves by obtaining additional education and clinical experience related to avoiding and managing dental implant complications.

Although, most implant complications have multi-factorial etiologies, for research and educational purposes, at the Sclar Center, we organized our information into complication categories. For doctors who want to gain in depth knowledge on this very important topic, we have incorporated this information into our didactic program for our residents, designed Sclar Center courses covering complications, and developed a full-day course on February 5, 2013 as part of our annual 5-day Comprehensive Implant Surgery Training Conference. On November 2, 2012, we will hold a 1-day “Avoiding and Managing Complications in Dental Implant Therapy” seminar in Charlotte, NC. We will take this 1-day seminar to Orlando on May 10, 2013, and we will take this 1-day seminar to the New York City area on August 23, 2013. See our news release about this seminar.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. July 11, 2012

    Excellent points, in full agreement!

  2. July 12, 2012

    I read all your archives. I particularly liked the April 2012.I am so happy to see you educating and sharing your knowledge. I hope you have courses in west coast. I would be most happy to be of help in anyway.
    Keep it up
    thanks

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