Peri-Implant Soft Tissue Healing

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In addition to playing a role in the biologic integration of an implant, peri-implant soft tissues play an important role in the vascularization of the bone. Without sufficient peri-implant tissues to supply nutrients, resorption of peri-implant bone and underlying bone grafts occurs. Adequate soft tissues also provide a walling off phenomenon to protect the underlying bone from oral micro-organisms.

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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Today’s successful dental implant surgeon should be capable of ensuring esthetic results.

Patients have high expectations for both functional and esthetic results. They have little patience for poor results or complications. They are counting on their dental implant surgeon to have the knowledge and skills to know what to do and do it right.

Read this post if you want a good checklist of what you need to know and what you need to be able to do in order to meet expectations and ensure excellent esthetic results.

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In Demand: The IDR Protocol

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In Demand: The IDR Protocol

At our ISTM 2013 comprehensive implant surgery training meeting (Feb. 1-5, 2013), we will devote the first afternoon Regenerative Technologies Forum to learning about the relatively new Immediate Dentoalveolar Restoration (IDR) protocol. Presenting on this topic will be the three Brazilian clinicians and researchers who developed the protocol. They are in demand worldwide as speakers so we are honored to have them join us at our fifteenth annual training meeting on Miami Beach.

Until recently, tooth replacement at compromised sites in the esthetic zone, required long-term treatment with possible undesirable complications in the tissue architecture. The Immediate Dentoalveolar Restoration (IDR), which advocates minimally invasive flapless procedures, is a viable and reproducible alternative.

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Dental Implant Complications in the Esthetic Zone

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Esthetic implant complications and failures can be devastating for a patient and the doctor rendering treatment. Although the course of action required to deliver an esthetic implant restoration may, in certain instances, seem straightforward it has been rightfully suggested that the delivery of esthetic implant restorations be considered a complex treatment modality requiring advanced training and experience.

Providing acceptable esthetics for patients who desire implant replacements requires in depth knowledge of biologic mechanisms, superior patient management skills, and highly developed diagnostic acumen. Therefore, it is imperative that clinicians who want to provide esthetic implant therapy qualify themselves by obtaining additional education and experience specific to this advanced treatment modality.  That’s why all of our Sclar Center training courses include both functional and esthetic considerations, and we offer a comprehensive Esthetic Implant Site Development Course.

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In Demand: All-on-4® Full Arch Immediate Function

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Treatment options for implant reconstruction of edentulous patients or those with terminal dentition include locator or bar/clip overdenture, fixed patient removable restorations retained by precision milled bars and superstructures or telescopic copings, and fixed emergence and hybrid implant prosthesis. Nevertheless, years of experience have taught me that the majority of these patients want a fixed implant restoration and hesitate to embark on a lengthy process that includes bone grafting and/or multiple staged procedures. Even though the All-on-4 procedure provides a life changing, graftless solution for many of these patients, I am a strong advocate for educating patients about all of their treatment options during the consultation process.

In order to do so, clinicians must be able to perform a focused patient evaluation early in the consultation to quickly determine if an immediate load fixed implant restoration is a viable option or if several procedures will be required to satisfy the patient’s treatment goals.

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