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Implant Maintenance for Long-Term Success
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Implant Maintenance for Long-Term Success

Dr. Steve Ratcliff shares how ongoing implant maintenance is the key to long-term implant success.

| 4 years ago
Who gets to decide where the implants go?
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Who gets to decide where the implants go?

In today's article, Dr. Steve Ratcliff answers the question, 'Who decides where dental implants go – specialists, GPs or both?'

| 4 years ago
Pictures: They Don't Always Tell the Whole Story
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Pictures: They Don't Always Tell the Whole Story

Dentistry is never static, however, the principles of diagnosis and treatment planning are timeless. What changes is not the principle but the understanding...

| 4 years ago
Implant Size: Does It Matter, and How Big IS Enough?
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Implant Size: Does It Matter, and How Big IS Enough?

The next time you see limited bone and think that there is not enough bone or that it won't work because the implants will be too small, you may want...

| 4 years ago
Potential Implant Problems Due to Continued Facial Development and Tooth Eruption
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Potential Implant Problems Due to Continued Facial Development and Tooth Eruption

Although it can be difficult, facial type may help to identify the patients who will have continued facial development and tooth eruption as well as the...

| 4 years ago
What Implant Is That?
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What Implant Is That?

Have your ever inherited a case with an unknown implant type that you need to identify in order to treat?  If it's not happened to you yet count your...

| 4 years ago
Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement  in Young Patients
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Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement in Young Patients

Most young patients that are congenitally missing teeth are 14 to 16 years of age at the completion of orthodontic treatment. At what age can...

| 4 years ago
Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?
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Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?

It is generally accepted that facial growth is complete and implants can be placed in females at approximately 17 years of age and in males at...

| 4 years ago
Dental Implants: Modifying Provisionals
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Dental Implants: Modifying Provisionals

Figure 1 If you are like me, then implants are becoming a bigger and bigger part of your practice. As we know, managing soft tissue around...

| 4 years ago
How Many Implants in the Edentulous Mandible?
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How Many Implants in the Edentulous Mandible?

Fig. 1 How many dental implants would you like to see in the edentulous mandible?  Certainly there are many questions: Fixed or...

| 4 years ago
Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments
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Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments

Today we have more options than ever before when deciding on an implant abutment in the esthetic zone. Should it be a custom abutment or a stock abutment?...

| 4 years ago
The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment
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The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment

As has been discussed in previous posts, many options exist for implant abutments in the esthetic zone. One of the most recent abutment designs is the...

| 4 years ago