Dental CE: In It for the Long Haul by Dr. LeRoy Horton

Dental CE: High-Stakes Implants 

It’s time to start rethinking the definition of long-term success in implant cases

by Dr. LeRoy Horton

As an instructor and lecturer to colleagues in the dental field, especially those interested in implantology, my perspective has been that of a general dentist who understands the struggle of working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five or six days per week and having to go out of your way to gain extra training and knowledge for specialty procedures. I now have the luxury of being both a practicing general dentist of 15 years who also happens to be completing his first year of a graduate periodontics residency. My current experiences have inspired what I explore in this article.

Course description
This course explores three common risk factors for peri-implant disease and makes a case as to why implant practitioners should commit to a shift in their strategies for success. This shift should take us from being mostly concerned with immediate success with our implants to a long-term vision that includes risk assessment and patient specific treatment modification.

Educational objectives
After reading this article, the participant should understand the following:

  1. The importance of risk assessment.
  2. The relationship of periodontitis to peri-implant disease.
  3. The relationship between oral hygiene and maintenance-visit compliance and peri-implant disease.
  4. The relationship between smoking and peri-implant disease.
  5. The relationship between diabetes and peri-implant disease.
  6. Treatment modifications for the long-term success in implant placement.

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Author Bio
Author Dr. LeRoy Horton earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2003 and attained his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2007. Having always been fascinated with dental implants, Horton pursued advanced training over the years, attaining fellowships and completing master’s courses, and eventually earned his board certification as a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is a graduate periodontics resident at Oregon Health Sciences University and is a nationally recognized AGD instructor.
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