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Biomaterials: which to use and when?

In a significant proportion of cases, bone availability is insufficient to allow implant placement. One solution is to collect the patient's bone from a different location (autogenous) and graft the area to augment. Even today this is one of the most commonly used procedures. However, it is time consuming, technique sensitive, and requires extra training....

Limitations of guided bone regeneration

Guided bone regeneration (GBR) refers to the techniques and procedures indicated in the guided growth of new bone at sites with insufficient dimensions or volumes of bone. Nowadays, GBR techniques are mainly indicated in the oral cavity to support new bone growth on an alveolar ridge to enhance the site for a future stable placement...

Should we really care about peri-implantitis? Can it be successfully treated?

Replacing a patient's lost teeth is nowadays considered to be as important as obtaining a good esthetic outcome and maintaining implants in adequate health and function. The literature shows that as the number of dental practices where implants are placed increases, the cases of infection and loss of implants associated with infection increase. The oral cavity harbors a diverse...

Can I rely on software-guided surgery?

Traditionally, preoperative diagnosis in implantology was based on two-dimensional (2D) interpretation of radiographic information, obtained basically from panoramic and/or periapical radiographs. In the 1990s, evolution in this field led to more generalized use of computerized tomography (CT), together with the elaboration of radiographic and surgical templates. However, despite the availability of CT technology, during these early...

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