Each patient presents a unique set of complicated problems, for which various treatment methods are available. Most compromised patients want to restore lost function and esthetics, preserve their remaining natural teeth, and maintain the treatment outcome for many years. Periodontal and prosthetic treatments, including implants, must be closely integrated in order to provide comprehensive treatment of the entire oral environment beyond the resolution of localized problems and the temporary alleviation of symptoms. As clinicians, we should acquire the skills necessary to offer multiple treatment options within a consistent and comprehensive treatment concept. By assessing each patientís unique pathology, its etiology, and the degree of disease progression, we can provide optimal treatment while respecting the needs and desires of the patients. In this presentation, comprehensive treatment planning for compromised patients and the key concepts for preserving teeth and promoting longevity will be discussed.
Takeshi Sasaki, DDS, received his DDS from the Osaka University School of Dental Medicine, where he is currently a clinical associate professor. He also received certification by the Japan Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he continues to lecture. Dr Sasaki is the director of the Kiwakai Shin-Osaka Dental Clinic in Osaka, Japan, and the assistant director of the Ginza Periodontal Implant Center in Ginza, Japan. He is an associate Fellow of the Japanese Academy of Periodontology and a member of several other organizations, including the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the Japanese Society of Periodontology, the Japan Prosthodontic Society, and the Japanese Academy of Clinical Periodontology.
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