Guidelines For The Provision Of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become an accepted method for tooth replacement and should be presented by dentists to patients as an alternative to replacing missing teeth. Patients in need of tooth replacement should be informed about dental implants, including the potential benefits, long-term survival statistics, risks, and potential complications. In addition, they should be informed about the importance of maintenance and long-term follow-up, including their specific responsibilities regarding the same. Fortunately, there is a wealth of evidenced-based research available that dental professionals may utilize to inform their patients. In addition, dental professionals may find answers to critical questions regarding implant therapy in the following guidelines developed by the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) based on recognized standards of care and the results of AO’s 2006 Consensus Conference on the State of the Science on Implant Dentistry.