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Article: Volume 42 Number 6 Page 513 - July/August 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 513-518

Restorative dentistry:  Maintenance and Monitoring of Dental Implants in General Dental Practice

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Abstract: A lot of effort has been directed towards developing dental implant surfaces which in turn have seen the increased success rate of osseointegration. Peri-implantitis and peri-implant mucositis are inflammatory conditions of implants that can lead to implant failure. Monitoring and maintaining implant restorations is aimed at preventing these complications.

Clinical relevance: As the number of patients opting for dental implants after tooth loss is increasing, general dental practitioners will be treating patients who have already had dental implants and need to know how to maintain and treat complications associated with them.

Author notes: Karifala Tarawali, BDS, IQE, MFDS RCPS(Glasg), MSc, Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgeon with a Special Interest in Dental Implantology, Ash and Foster Dental Surgery, 41 High Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands GY1 2JT, UK.

Objective: To evaluate critically the available literature on long-term implant maintenance.