Late implant failures refer to those occurring after an implant has been restored and in function for varying periods of time. The causes of most late failures can be divided into two categories: biologic and mechanical. The main objectives of this presentation are to describe the possible causes of late implant failures, their incidence, and clinical manifestations; outline treatment approaches for different late implant failures on the basis of clinical case scenarios; and discuss how to lower the risk for late implant failures.
Hans-Peter Weber, Dr Med Dent, DMD, holds dental degrees from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine as well as certificates in prosthodontics and periodontology from the University of Bern. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has made over 100 contributions to the scientific literature in his field and is a regularly invited panelist at national and international meetings. Dr Weber is an active member of the Academy of Prosthodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration, the International College of Prosthodontists, and the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He has also received honorary membership in the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr Weber is the co-editor of Clinical Oral Implants Research (Blackwell Munksgaard, 2007).
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