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Exotic encounters with dental implants!
by Nikos Mattheos - Thursday, 22 November 2012, 02:38 AM

Exotic Encounters: Dealing with complications
of unidentified dental implants

As the application of dental implants widens, we  inevitably have to deal with an increasing amount of complications, sometimes with implants we have never encountered before! Are we prepared?

By Nikos Mattheos, Griffith University
Read the complete article in Australian Dental Journal

                 As the application of dental implants is increasing worldwide, so is also the number of technical and biological complications that general dental practitioners will be called to manage, while maintaining implant patients. In addition, the greater patient mobility encountered today combined with a growing trend of "dental implant tourism" will very often result in situations where the dentist is requested to deal with complications on implants placed elsewhere and which sometimes might be of an "exotic" system one cannot directly recognise. Such a situation can pose significant challenges to even experienced clinicians. The challenges are not only on the scientific field, but often include professional and ethical implications. A recently published  case report  discusses in detail strategies for the management of implant complications, in cases of unidentified implant systems. Critical factors in such situations would be the clinician's experience and special training, the correct radiographic technique, as well as access to the appropriate tools and devices. . .

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