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Incision line opening: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Dr. Steven Vorholt illustrates management of a common implant surgery postoperative complication Incision line opening is the most common postoperative complication that implant surgeons must handle. Being comfortable with the etiology, outcomes, and treatment is key for any implant surgeon whether he/she is beginning the implant journey or is very experienced. In this article, I …

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Cost-effective same-day solutions for a failing dentition

Dr. Ara Nazarian offers options to fit a patient’s lifestyle and budget Introduction In today’s economy, we have seen dramatic changes in lifestyle, health, and income. Because of this, we have seen patients delay dental treatment until it ultimately becomes very painful. Although patients may want full mouth dental implant reconstructions with fixed restorations, this …

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Rehabilitation of a patient with a severely resorbed maxilla using zygomatic dental implants and a novel prosthetic design for a full-arch zirconia rehabilitation

Drs. Daniel F. Galindo and Caesar C. Butura and Michelle Boomer, CDT, treat a patient who had not visited a dentist in more than a decade Introduction Historically, reconstruction of the severely atrophic maxilla has required multiple grafting procedures to restore lost soft and hard tissues.1,2 The most common approach involves iliac crest harvesting, but …

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High-frequency vibration to enhance socket preservation in anticipation of implant placement — case reports: part 2

Drs. David W. Engen, Gregori M. Kurtzman, and Tarek El-Bialy illustrate five patient cases Introduction Part 1 of this series discussed considerations for ridge and socket preservation in preparation for implant placement. The treatments used for these patients involve a novel approach applying high-frequency vibration (HFV) to stimulate bone growth. Orthopedically and dentally, the literature …

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Rehabilitation of a severely dental-phobic patient with a maxillary removable prosthesis and a mandibular fixed-detachable hybrid prosthesis

Drs. S.K. El-Ebrashi and J.M. Burstein, and Mr. E. Mazone illustrate a collaborative effort while treating a patient with high dental anxiety Introduction This clinical report demonstrates the management of a patient with dental anxiety and dental phobia due to a traumatic experience at the dentist as a child, in which a single-surgery approach was …

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High-frequency vibration (HFV) to enhance socket preservation in anticipation of implant placement: case reports — part 1

Drs. David W. Engen, Gregori M. Kurtzman, and Tarek El-Bialy discuss the rationale for using HFV Introduction In implant dentistry, having adequate bone is imperative to the success of treatment. Patients lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including trauma, nonrestorable decay, endodontic involvement, and periodontal disease.  When the decision is made that a tooth …

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Considerations for guided immediate implant placement

Dr. Steven Vorholt illustrates guided immediate implant surgery on teeth Nos. 19 and 18 Both immediate implant placement and fully guided implant placement are becoming more popular options for surgical approaches. Combining the two is a win-win and allows a shortened treatment timeline while still maintaining complete control for the best restoratively driven placement.  Dentists …

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Preserving and perfecting the gingival emergence profile

Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry as much as any other technology in the last century. Since the discovery of osseointegration and the development of the modern-day dental implant, millions of lives have been enhanced with the ability to chew food and to function in a way that was not previously available. Significant research and development have been undertaken to allow bone to integrate more quickly and effectively with the dental implant.

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