After tooth extraction, a series of physiological changes affecting the surrounding alveolar bone take place. This process includes bone formation as well as volumetric resorption, and the latter can compromise implant placement in a prosthetically driven position or the clinical outcome. In an upcoming webinar, which will be broadcast live on 7 July, Drs Susy Linder and Michel Dard will explain the clinical decision-making process after tooth extraction. Prior to the online presentation, the experts answered a few questions for Dental Tribune International on the use of biomaterials in this regard.
In the weeks to come, dental implant manufacturer Straumann will continue to provide dental professionals with free online education opportunities to enhance their implantology skills and learn about exciting concepts. Speakers from the US, Poland and Brazil will present webinars on digital site-specific implant planning, on the Real Arch Sobczak Concept with Straumann Pro Arch, and on new digital trends and technologies which influence the way full-arch treatments are performed today.
The Straumann Campus is continuing to provide dental professionals with free and flexible online education options. This is especially important since congresses and seminars have not been possible in recent months owing to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. In the coming weeks, the education platform will enable dental professionals to enhance their knowledge of full-arch implant restoration, BLX implants and immediate implant placement, as well as indications for removable dentures.
Nowadays dental implants are mostly the first treatment option for missing teeth. Long-term promising results increase the interest on implant treatment for both patients and dentists. Especially with digitalization, dental treatment became more reachable as the procedures get easier. Plus, answering the demand of shortened treatment period is the most favorable result of digital implant dentistry.
Incomplete removal of a tooth has always been a dilemma for discussion over the centuries. In the 1920s, disservice of a patient was considered if a fragment of a tooth was not removed as it would cause pain, infection and even cyst formation. This was the historic consensus by then. Up to 11-37% the retained root fragments were accidentally discovered of routine radiographs and were reported. Studies have shown majorities of these root fragments will cause no harm to patients and will heal in situ under certain conditions. Healing will be by formation of a cementum layer on dentine, which allows bone deposition around the root fragment, hence being enclosed within bone. Coronectomy was a later developed, a technique to intentionally keep the root fragments for the benefit of the patient in preserving alveolar bone for prosthetics or avoidance of injury to the inferior alveolar nerve in impacted wisdom teeth where risk of damage is high.