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Current Issue - Volume 38, Issue 1, 2018

Journal Impact Factor: 1.113




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Late Dental Implant Failures Associated with Retained Root Fragments: Case Reports with Histologic and SEM Analysis
Marc L. Nevins, DMD, MMSc/Laureen Langer, DDS/Peter Schupbach, PhD

In this issue, Drs Nevins, Langer, and Schupbach present “Late Dental Implant Failures Associated with Retained Root Fragments: Case Reports with Histologic and SEM Analysis.” This report presents cases in which late implant complications with advanced bone loss were identified to be associated with retained root fragments. Scanning electron microscopic evaluation revealed that the failed implant surfaces were infiltrated by bacterial deposits and calculus.

Therapies such as partial extraction therapy include retention of root fragments in close proximity to dental implants with the goal of preserving bone and soft tissue in the esthetic zone. This article presents evidence that root fragments may be associated with late dental implant complications or failures and advises a cautious approach to these new therapies.

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