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Dental Implants
Philadelphia, PA

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Parts, Pieces, Chemistry & Compatibility - Dental Hygiene Considerations For Implant Maintenance

We are now 40 years since professor Brånemark introduced his research on osseointegration to the dental community. Dental Implants provide our patients with successful long-term restorative solutions for function, comfort, and aesthetics. Today, Dental Hygienists are seeing more patients with dental implants.

Implant manufacturers have introduced new implant designs, implant surfaces, and surface chemistry that affect biocompatibility and maintenance protocols. Therefore, there is a concern if what we are using to reduce the peri-implant inflammation may negatively affect the biocompatibility of the implant surface and the implant’s long-term success.
This class will review dental implant component materials and design and the biological compatibility of commonly used instruments, technology, and therapeutic materials.


•  Review history of osseointegration and dental implant therapy
•  Identify dental implant components for single-tooth and full-arch treatment concepts
•  Review of maintenance protocols for prevention of Peri-implantitis
•  Review biologically safe instrument materials to use on dental Implants.
•  Identify home care products and techniques safe for implant maintenance.

Dental Hygiene Considerations For Full Arch Implant Supported Prosthetics

Dental Implant supported fixed restorative concepts are commonly sought after by patients with terminal dentitions. These restorative solutions have demonstrated long-term success in providing function, comfort, and aesthetics.

Implant Supported Full Arch Solutions can vary in the number of implants and restorative design. Prosthetics can be removable or fixed by screw retention or cementation.

With proper restorative design and the patients' commitment to homecare and professional recall maintenance, successful long-term rehabilitation can be achieved.

The Dental Hygienist needs to be comfortable with maintenance protocol for patients with complex implant restorations to ensure the long-term success of these cases. Proper oral hygiene is necessary for the reduction of etiology contributing to inflammation and peri-implantitis.

Screw-retained restorations are desirable to maintain mechanical function and biological complications after delivery and during the maintenance phase. A review of the American College of Prosthodontists' recommendations for when to remove fixed prosthetics for maintenance will be highlighted. Along with postsurgical aftercare for immediate provisional prosthetics and considerations for homecare tools and techniques.

A hands-on component of removal of the screw-retained prosthetic may be available.


•  Review Dental Implant Restorative History leading up to full arch restorative cases
•  Identify patient needs for complex implant restorations to ensure the long-term success of these cases
•  Discuss the AAP Full Arch Dental Implant Restorative Maintenance Protocols
•  Review protocol for removal of screw-retained fixed prosthetics
•  Review home care products and techniques for patients with fixed prosthetics

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