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Single Implants and Occlusion with Dr. Izchak Barzilay

In this video conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Dr. Izchak Barzilay, from Prosthodontic Associates, presents important information about single implants and occlusion.  Highlights Single implants and occlusion is a “hot” topic these days. Although specialists and generalists alike are placing implant and restorations frequently, more education on maintenance of implants is required. Clinicians must be aware of the difference between natural teeth and implants. Natural teeth are connected to bone via the periodontal ligament; whereas, fixed and rigid implants are connected to bone through a direct connection, osseointegration. Because of the way the two entities are connected to bone, the ...

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CE Showcase: Periodontal health for a better life with Dr. Iain Chapple

Dr. Iain Chapple, speaker at the 2016 British Dental Association meeting, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his presentation.  Highlights Dr. Iain Chapple recently spoke at the British Dental Association’s conference and his lecture was titled “Periodontal Health for a Better Life”. Over 90% of the population, 65 years and older, has at least one chronic non-communicable disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease etc. and ~80% of these patients have 2 or more such conditions or co-morbidities. Chronic periodontitis is also categorized as a chronic non-communicable disease and in its most severe form is the sixth most common ...

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Systemic antibiotics and the risk of superinfection in peri-implantitis

This summary is based on an article published in the Archives of Oral Biology: Systemic antibiotics and the risk of superinfection in peri-implantitis (April 2016) Fernando Verdugo; Theresia Laksmana; Agurne Uribarri Context Peri-implantitis has emerged in the last few years as a complication difficult to resolve. The etiopathogenesis consensus is mainly attributed to bacteria. Controversy exists regarding disease initiation, namely whether specific pathogenic microbiota are indeed the true initiators of bone loss around implants or if they are secondary to a disbalanced foreign body reaction coupled with background factors, such as poorly fabricated implants placed by unqualified clinicians (Albrektsson et al., 2014; Qian, Wennerberg, & Albrektsson, ...

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What is the impact of root canal disinfection on treatment outcomes?

This summary is based on information found in Disinfection of Root Canal Systems: The Treatment of Apical Periodontitis (Wiley Publishing, 2014)   Disinfection of the root canal system and its general effect on endodontic outcomes is a complex issue, parts of which have been studied widely, but its specific effect is not well documented in clinical trials with high levels of clinical evidence. It is understood that if a canal system can be filled after a negative culture is obtained, the outcome is better (1). The steps that produce a canal system with a low level of bacteria remaining are of some dispute, and what level is critical to produce ...

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Is the anatomy of the root canal system a challenge to effective disinfection?

This summary is based on information found in Disinfection of Root Canal Systems: The Treatment of Apical Periodontitis (Wiley Publishing, 2014)   Six biological factors that lead to asymptomatic radiolucencies persisting after root canal treatment: Intraradicular infection persisting in the complex apical root canal system; Extraradicular infection, generally in the form of apical actinomycosis; Extruded root canal filling or other exogenous materials that cause a foreign body reaction; Accumulation of endogenous cholesterol crystals that irritate apical tissues; and True cystic lesions, and (vi) scar tissue (1). The internal anatomy can be notoriously complex, especially in molars, and includes extra canals, recesses, fins, isthmuses, and accessory canals that provide space for the biofilms ...

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What are some of the implant complications associated with systemic disorders and medications?

This summary is based on information found in Dental Implant Complications: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment, 2 (Wiley Publishing, 2015) Key messages Patient selection is the critical factor for implant success and survival in any medically complex situation. When medical conditions are managed wisely, most patients have improved overall health with fixed replacements as opposed to removable appliances. Exceptional care must be taken so that any implants placed will be successful and safe for the clinician and the patient. It is essential to routinely review the literature and expect that protocols for patients with systemic diseases or taking medications will be regularly updated as our knowledge of dental implants advances.   Although ...

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Implant Complications: What is the Scope of the Problem?

This summary is based on information found in Dental Implant Complications: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment, 2nd Edition (Wiley Publishing, 2015) The introduction of endosseous dental implants as an option for restoring partially and fully edentulous patients has revolutionized dental treatment. High survival rates reported for single and multiple missing tooth replacements have validated the use of implant-supported restorations as a predictable method for oral rehabilitation (1–9). Problems with implant complications have grown in number and complexity and that is reflected in the increased number of articles, journals, and continuing education conferences that have recently been devoted to the topic of implant complications (12–31). Reasons for the increased numbers of implant complications The ...

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Graduate Periodontology Program

September 1 is the application deadline for new Graduate Periodontology Program at the University of Alberta

Are you considering a career as a periodontist or as a researcher in the area of periodontology? If so, the new graduate periodontology program being offered at the University of Alberta might just be right for you. If you hope to begin graduate studies in 2017, you will have to get your application in before September 1, 2016. In this 3 minute video interview, the director of the new program and head of Periodontology, Dr. Liran Levin highlights some key information about the program.     September 1 will be the annual application deadline for the program which has two ...

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