The goal of periodontal therapy is to eliminate bacterial diseases and anatomic defects and to restore the health, function and esthetics of periodontal tissue. Periodontal therapies can be divided into two primary categories, surgical and non-surgical.
Implant dentistry has evolved to become a highly predictable treatment modality with its significant advancement in the past 40 plus years. It offers a multitude of advantages in comparison with conventional dental prostheses, such as improved functionality, bone preservation, improved phonetics and increased comfort and longevity.
Implant-associated surgical procedures:
As the quality and quantity of the bone is pivotal to the success of implant therapy, occasionally some procedures, such as sinus lift augmentation, ridge augmentation, ridge/socket preservation, may be required to improve or correct the conditions of the ridge to facilitate implant therapy. In some cases, surgical soft tissue modification may also be incorporated in order to achieve more desirable or esthetic results.
Timing of implant placement:
After tooth extraction and/or ridge optimization, the implant may be placed immediately, in early or delayed phase or in late stage, depending on the pre-existing conditions. With thorough diagnosis and careful case selection, the doctor will be able to determine the right timing for a proper treatment modality .
No matter how simple or complex a case may be, successful implant therapy always demands good effective team approach, a team including clinicians, lab technicians and the patient.