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Laser Treatment of Peri-implantitis - Myth or Reality

March, 3rd March 2019

Hall A - Sapphire

Abstract:

The grow¬ing popularity of implant placement and the increas¬ing number performed in recent years leads to increased incidence of short-term and long-term complications. One of these complications, which may lead to the loss of the implants in the long term, is peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis has been reported to occur in 28%-56% of subjects.

Most therapies proposed today for treating peri-implantitis are aimed at reduc¬ing the bacterial load within the peri-implant pockets and decontaminating the implant surfaces and, in some cases, attempting afterwards to bring about bone regeneration.

Lasers are rapidly becoming an integral part of dental practice. Multiple laser wavelengths and protocols are currently available in treating peri-implantitis whether with or without flap elevation, as a monotherapy or as an adjunct to mechanical treatments, attempting to decontaminate the failing implant's surfaces.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • The nature, etiology, prevalence and risk factors of peri-implantitis
  • The rationale for using laser technology in peri-implantitis therapy
  • The use of lasers in non-surgical peri-implantitis treatments
  • The use of lasers in surgical peri-implantitis treatments