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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-56

Implant dentistry: A multidisciplinary approach


1 Dentist/Clinical Tutor and General Dental Practitioner, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy William Beatty Building, 1 Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 QG, United Kingdom
2 Department of Oral Surgery, King's College London Dental Institute, Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom

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Latha S Davda
Dentist/Clinical Tutor and General Dental Practitioner, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy William Beatty Building, 1 Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 QG
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.126850

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Dental implants are one of the options available to replace missing teeth. The long-term success of any dental implant treatment is influenced by several factors including patient factors, preventative measures used by the patient, esthetics, surgical factors, periodontal factors, restorative factors and mechanical factors of the implant system. Dental implants are placed and restored by specialists as well as general dental practitioners with differing levels of training in dental implantology. Therefore, it becomes very important for the main clinician in charge of the implant patient to be aware of the multidisciplinary approach that is required to ensure long-term implant success. The patient factors, assessment of patient for implants, esthetic factors and prevention influencing the treatment planning of a dental implant patient are discussed in this paper. This is the first in the series of three articles that will discuss the factors listed above with relevant case studies. Clinical relevance to interdisciplinary dentistry
  • Long term success of dental implants is dependent on good case selection,detailed patient assessment and implimentation of multidisciplinary approach.
  • It is in the best interest of the patient that all the specialties needed in that particular case work together under one lead clinician to achieve the best results.


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