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Failure of All on Four Implants

Aug 09 2015
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The purpose of doing all on four implants is to provide immediate functioning implants without doing grafting.  But for some cases that is not…
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09 Aug 2015

Failure of All on Four Implants

The purpose of doing all on four implants is to provide immediate functioning implants without doing grafting.  But for some cases that is not possible.  Either there is not enough bone at the beginning of the case, while placing the implants the bone quality was not what was expected, or the implant failed during the…

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08 Jun 2015

Dental Implant Mistakes

Implant surgeons may see cases where things did not go as expected.  It may be due to the fact that the patient was involved in trauma (i.e. fall, car accident, assault), did not heal as expected (because of systemic disease, smoking, chronic wear of denture, infection), or surgical error.  Regardless of the cause, it can…

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26 May 2015

Vanderbilt Medical Center Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery lecture

At the 15th annual H. David Hall lecture at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Alan Herford, DDS, MD, FACS (chair of the Maxillofacial surgery program at Loma Linda Medical Center) presented options for rebuilding jaw defects prior to implant placement.  In his lecture he presented some cost effective techniques to utilize infuse with current bone graft techniques.…

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12 Apr 2015

#Dental bone grafting-Using #cadaver bone

In a recent article in the International journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2015; 30:450-460), Italian surgeons discussed the utilization of fresh frozen human bone graft (cadaver) vs. using the patients own bone (iliac crest bone graft).  Not having to harvest bone from a patient can be very attractive.  The…

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22 Mar 2015

#medication-related osteonecrosis

Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws is seen more and more with the treatment of certain cancers and osteoporosis.  It can be painful and difficult to treat.  In a recent article in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (73: 437-442, 2015), surgeons described a technique of healing using the buccal fat pad.  If you are…

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24 Jan 2015

Anterior Custom Abutments-What are they?

When patient’s loose a front tooth, they often look into the option of a dental implant.  There is often times a significant discussion about the final crown and the surgical placement of the dental implant.  But many times the abutment is not mentioned until it is time to pay for it. An abutment is a…

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06 Jan 2015

Implant failure/peri-implantitis-what does it mean

When patients come to discuss dental implant replacement of missing teeth, they often ask: “how long do implants last”?  The first dental implant was placed in the 1960’s.  Therefore, we have a 50+ years of experience with dental implants.  The general rule for dental implants is that the success rate ranges from 95 to 98%.…

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