Few fields in dentistry and reconstructive medicine attract as much attention as dental implants.
The German Dental & Dermatology Centre (GDDC) did a Q&A with Dr. Dominique Laatz, a renowned Implantologist and Oral Surgeon in Qatar, working at GDDC, to speak about future trends in implant dentistry.
Dr. Dominique Laatz: Hello and thanks for having me. As to your question- just recently I made myself familiar with a brand-new study on this topic. The Delphi Study which reports findings regarding expert consensus about future implant trends, raised a lot of points that I agree on.
Dr. Dominique Laatz: One important point is that we experts believe that implants will be more frequently placed immediately after tooth extraction. That will speed up the process significantly since we used to wait 2-8 months after extraction before placement.
I strongly believe that premium implant makers should focus on surface optimization to also allow for more implant-to-bone contact and a shorter-time-to-teeth.
Dr. Dominique Laatz: While dental decay is by nature impossible for implants, Implants are suggestible to gum disease just like normal teeth. This is called Periimplantitis and can be caused by insufficient oral hygiene and/or unwanted cementation residues. This can be stopped by going for more screw-retained implants in the future to avoid cementation of implants.
Dr. Dominique Laatz: That is clear and widely agreed upon among the experts. Just like your teeth, implants need monitoring and maintenance, and a periodic check-up and professional cleaning if necessary. Still, I see many implant patients in Qatar with zero or almost no check-up and cleaning after implant placement. This has to be stopped in the future.
Dr. Dominique Laatz: The pleasure was all mine, thanks.
Source and cover image credit: German Dental & Dermatology Centre Press release
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