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Maintenance Proves Pivotal to Success

A carefully organized and strategically implemented maintenance program is integral.

A carefully organized and strategically implemented maintenance program is integral to maintaining the longevity of dental restorations, stability of soft tissue esthetics, and, ultimately, patient satisfaction. This topic is further explored in this two-unit continuing education article, written by Donald A. Curtis, DMD, FACP—a professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry—and Avinash S. Bidra, BDS, MS, FACP—a board-certified maxillofacial prosthodontist and director of the Prosthodontics Residency Program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington. In the article “Maintenance Considerations for Prosthodontic Patients,” Curtis and Bidra— in collaboration with the American College of Prosthodontists and with the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate—provide insight into the landmark collaborative Clinical Practical Guidelines for Recall and Maintenance of Patients With Tooth-Borne and Implant-Borne Dental Restorations, which affirm the necessity of frequent recare intervals and regular dental hygiene practices in ensuring the success of restorative treatment.

From Dimensions of Dental HygieneSeptember 2016;14(09):15.

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