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Article: Volume 48 Number 11 Page 915 - December 2021

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Restorative dentistry:  Dental Implants for the general dental practitioner. Part 1: overview and assessment

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Abstract: Dental implants have become an increasingly prevalent treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth. Multiple studies have reported survival rates for implant supported restorations above 90% after 10 years. However, dental implants are not without complications and with their increasing placement, it is more likely that primary care dentists and dental care professionals will encounter patients presenting with problems. The first article in this two-part series provides an overview of implant components and relevant anatomy, as well as outlining a systematic method of undertaking a clinical and radiographical examination of dental implants.

Clinical relevance: This series highlights important aspects of dental implants and their associated restorations that dental care professionals should consider when examining and maintaining such restorations, as well as providing an overview of associated biological and mechanical complications.

Author notes: Oliver Jones, BDS(Hons), PGCert (MedEd), Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield. Philippa Hoyle, BChD (Hons), MJDF, MPros, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield. Rajesh Patel, FDS RCPS, LDS RCS, MSc, BDS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield. email:

Objective: The reader should feel more comfortable maintaining dental implants in primary care and understand when to refer if complications arise.