The Advancement in Dentistry

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Levin, L. Dealing with Dental Implant Failures. Journal of Applied Oral Science. 16 (3): May/June 2008. Retrieved from: scielo.php?pid=S1678-77572008000300002&script=sci_arttext Advances in dentistry have been revolutionary in the last several decades. According to the literature, the effects of an aging population contribute to the need for more and more prosthetic work in dentistry, notably because of tooth loss. The push towards dental implant prosthetics comes from this aging population losing more teeth, consequences of fixed prosthesis failure, anatomical consequences, poor performance of removable prosthesis, consequences of partial dentures, and even the psychological aspects of tooth loss and the needs of a changing social stigma regarding dental issues (Misch). Unfortunately, while an implant-supported restoration tends to offer a predictable treatment for tooth replacement, failures do occur. These failures sometimes negatively impact the physical and psychological situation for the patient; involving further cost and additional procedures. For the dental professional, failures jeopardize the ability to successfully treat the desired issue, from both a medical and an aesthetic point of view, as well as confidence in the dental provider and treatment option (Levin). Having an appropriate plan for different methods to deal with dental implant failure is crucial to the business and professional quality of the modern dental professional.
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