More treatment options for GDP patients
A female patient was referred for a consultation regarding her failing upper left second pre-molar. The tooth had fractured leaving insufficient height above the bone, for a crown to be viable. The Upper Left 4 had been removed during adolescent orthodontic treatment, leaving good bone volume above, mesial and palatal to the second premolar root.
The referring general practitioner expressed an interest in restoring the implant if straightforward. According to Dr Peter Sanders, “He had attended a postgraduate day where delegates were introduced to contemporary dental implantology and taken through a simple restorative protocol. The ‘Relax it’s ANKYLOS’ event gives participants the knowledge to discuss implant options with their patients and the confidence to get involved by restoring straightforward cases like this one.”
The author elected to place an immediate implant following a flapless protocol, inserting the implant through the extraction socket. It was loaded immediately with a temporary acrylic crown which was left out of occlusion. At the review appointment, all was healing well and the patient was returned to her GDP for fixture level impressions and crown fit.
Pete Sanders concluded: “I find that referring colleagues are much more enthusiastic armed with more implant knowledge and the ability to restore cases themselves. Dental implants can then be integrated into the range of treatment options routinely offered to their patients.”
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