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Article: Volume 41 Number 10 Page 920 - December 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 920-930

Implantology:  The Role of Dental Implants in the Management of Dento-Alveolar Trauma Part 1

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Abstract: Patients who suffer dento-alveolar trauma present a unique challenge for the dentist. There are numerous options to consider when attempting to restore the dentition. This article reviews the role of dental implants in replacing lost or damaged teeth. It also describes some of the options available to maintain the alveolar bone between tooth removal and implant placement, as well as techniques used to recreate the deficient hard and soft tissue after a tooth has been avulsed or extracted.

Clinical relevance: Knowledge of the role of dental implants and techniques for the preservation of the hard and soft tissues will assist the clinician to reduce patient morbidity and achieve an optimal restorative result.

Author notes: Shakeel Shahdad, BDS, MMedSc, FDS RCS(Ed), FDS (Rest Dent) RCS(Ed), DDS, Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Eugene Gamble, BDS, MFD RCSI, MClinDent, MPerioRCS(Ed), FFD(Perio) RCSI, Specialist Postgraduate Trainee (Periodontology), Department of Restorative Dentistry, The Royal London Dental Hospital, New Road, London E1 1BB, UK.

Objective: To discuss the potential management of dento-alveolar trauma with dental implants.