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Peri-implantitis. Part 1: Scope of the problem

BDJ volume 217, pages 281287 (26 September 2014) | Download Citation

Abstract

Peri-implantitis is a relatively new disease process that results in gingival inflammation and bone loss around implants. The associated co-morbidities are significant due to the relative financial and biological costs of implant provision. At the current time there is a lack of consensus on the exact aetiology and subsequent pathological process, although this is largely thought to be infective in nature. Unfortunately, due to the relatively new nature of this problem, evidence is continually emerging on diagnosis, prevention, prevalence and incidence. This first part of three reviews will discuss these points and will act as an introduction to part two on prevention and part three on management of this now significant dental pathology.

Key points

  • Highlights the increasing emergence of peri-implant diseases, particularly peri-implantitis, which threaten the survival of both the implant and the supported restorations.

  • Discusses the aetiology, prevalence and diagnostic features of peri-implantitis.

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  1. Department of Restorative Dentistry, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

    • A. Alani
    •  & M. Kelleher
  2. Department of Restorative Dentistry, Maxillofacial Unit, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, SA6 6NL

    • K. Bishop

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