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Laser Uncovery of Dental Implants

Description:
Although many clinicians prefer to place all their implants in a one stage approach there are times when a healing abutment must be sacrificed for a cover screw and the implant buried for a two stage approach. In situations where primary stability is low, where bone grafting has occurred or where less than 2 mm of soft tissue is available then a safer approach may be to uncover the fixtures after a 3 month healing. Lasers have become a go to “soft tissue hand piece” for many clinicians when manipulating soft tissue around implants due to their minimal zone of necrosis, ability to provide ideal hemostasis and their safety of use around fixtures compared to traditional soft tissue methodologies like electrosurgical units, some of which can lead to catastrophic failures with implants. See how both diode lasers and erbium lasers can be used safely and efficiently to uncover and move tissue around implants during stage two surgeries

Date Added:
9/11/2014

Author(s):

Glenn A. van As, BSc, DMD Glenn A. van As, BSc, DMD
Dr. Glenn van As graduated from the University of British Columbia (D.M.D.) in 1987. He is in full time private general practice and acted as a part time assistant cli...
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Questions & Comments
Glenn van As - (9/16/2014 10:42 AM)

Hi Yaarob..thank you for your kind words. At times if you are exact in your knowledge of where the implant is buried ( if you stil have your surgical stent) you can either do a split thickness or be very close to the lingual aspect of the shoulder of the implant. This will reduce the risk of the recession. Your point is noted for sure. Thank you for your suggestion on this topic. I presented this first and hope to present more topics as time goes on. This topic will be covered in some more detail, during my Dental Xp lecture in Vegas at the Wynn in February...hope to see you there.

yaarob sara - (9/14/2014 6:48 PM)

Great presentation Question: when you do trap door uncovery, is bone left bare on the lingual/palatal aspect? Because recession comes to mind as a complication when bone is not covered with periostium... I hope you do a series of lectures on the many other laser applications Thank you

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