Implant Dentistry Continues to Grow
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people in the United States have implants. This number is expected to grow by 500,000 each year. As the number of patients with implants continues to rise, so does the risk for post-placement complications, which can compromise the health and long-term success of implants. Dental hygienists are well suited to use the dental endoscope in the treatment of peri-implantitis. Furthermore, the endoscope can be an effective preventive tool.
One of the most common implant therapy complications is the destruction of peri-implant gingival tissues and bone by residual cement.
In one study, residual cement was associated with what percentage of the peri-implantitis cases reviewed?
In a case where residual cement is suspected as an etiology of peri-implantitis, a traditional periodontal flap procedure may be recommended.
In recent years, the use of dental endoscopes during nonsurgical treatment of natural dentition has become more common. A dental endoscope can magnify a surface by how many times or more?
Clinicians must understand how to instrument around a dental implant to reduce the possibility of soft tissue contamination.
Traditional periodontal flap procedures are never necessary to treat peri-implantitis even after nonsurgical treatment with an endoscope.
Implants inspected with an endoscope at the time of restoration allows for more removal of residual cement will lead to potentially fewer cases of peri-implantitis.
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