A 2015 consensus report published by the 10th European Consensus Conference (EuCC) addressing peri-implant inflammation acknowledged that detection and prevention of peri-implant diseases is contingent upon the diagnostic and therapeutic skill of the clinician. With dental implants quickly becoming the standard of care for tooth replacement dental hygienists can expect an increase in the number of patients with implant dentistry. Research further justifies the need for advanced dental hygiene education by the recommendation of a clinical armamentarium specific to the characteristics of the implant surface and the early diagnosis of peri-implant mucositis for the prevention of the latter irreversible implantitis. To further expand, a dental implant is a prosthetic option for tooth replacement with a surgical component. Maintenance and the role of the dental hygienist in the preservation of peri-implant tissues has been recognized internationally. At the same time, an increase in peri-implantitis suggest the need for better communication among dental teams for predictable outcomes.
1. Recognize the role of the Implant Care Practitioner (ICP) in oral surgery
2. Learn how the dental hygiene profession can practice intraprofessionally to better serve the population of patients with advanced implant dentistry.
3. Discuss the path to a clinical role as an Implant Care Practitioner (ICP).
About the presenters:
Shavonne R Healy, RDH, BSDH and Melissa A Obrotka, RDH, BBAOM are the cofounders of RDH Innovations LLC. Both are practicing Implant Care Practitioners with the maintenance and health of patients with implant dentistry at the core of their daily clinical objectives. Healy and Obrotka are active members of ADHA, ADIA, and AAOSH.
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