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Treatment guidelines

Soft tissue, hard tissue, adjacent teeth

Key points

  • The key to long term success of the dentition and soft tissue is maintenance.
  • The longevity of any dental restoration is directly related to the commitment of the patient.
  • All things being equal, well cared-for dental restorations provide function and esthetics for many years.

Digital Textbooks

eBook: Single Implants and their Restoration
Single implants and their restoration
In a contemporary dental practice implant dentistry should be recognized as an accepted treatment modality based on decades of success. Consequently, clinicians who provide implant surgical and/or prosthodontic treatment should develop and routinely provide patients with a dental implant oral hygiene maintenance protocol to ensure the longevity of the treatment provided. In addition, clinic staff and implant patients themselves should be advised that research has shown maintaining peri-implant tissue health is a key factor related to the long-term survival of dental implants. Furthermore, the maintenance procedures for a dental implant patient will differ in some respects from the program provided for fully dentate patients.


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