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The Implant Practice

By  Webmaster  Date Posted: Jun. 6, 2008  Hits: 235   Rating:  (3.2) votes 54  Word Count: 291
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The incorporation of dental implants into the general dentistry practice is certainly on the rise, as it should be. Many organizations have done surveys which have yielded results showing somewhere between 10% and 15% of dentists in the United States place and restore their own implants.1 Many of those clinicians discovered that they should not be afraid to place them and that implants can be very successful, thus provoking thoughts of creating an implant-centered practice (Figure 1).

WHERE DOES ONE BEGIN?
Like anything we do in life, we must first learn, then do over and over until we get it right; this is no different than learning to ride a bike. The same is true with implant dentistry. Until recently, all implant education was post-dental school, and, even today, the education is limited at dental schools to those students who are ahead or have extra time (Figure 2). There are now many ways to gain the knowledge required to place implants. Some start with a weekend course, while others choose a more formal route, such as a specialty residency, advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD), or a general practice residency (GPR).2 However one gets started, it is important to remember that this is a multidisciplinary modality that requires time and thought. Implant dentistry is a concert made up of an oral surgery section, a periodontal section, and a prosthetic section all in harmony with the patient. I started my implant path with a weekend course presented by a manufacturer of implants. Once home and situated with my new expensive gadgets and toys, I quickly found out that I had a lot more to learn



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