Prevention and Management of Common Prosthetic Complications in the Implant Practice

William C Martin

 William C Martin

Prosthetic complications associated with implant-assisted and supported prostheses are not unusual in everyday practice and can often lead to disruption of patient flow and subsequent increased overheads. Most complications and treatment failures associated with the implant rehabilitation fall into specific categories: (1) those associated with sub-optimal planning and execution, resulting in compromised implant position, with or without failed implants, (2) those associated with the laboratory fabrication of the prosthesis, and ultimately therefore the ability to fabricate a durable, functional, passive and aesthetic restoration and (3) those associated with the clinical service of the prosthesis.

This lecture will introduce and discuss these complications as they relate to the restoration of dental implants. Planning options designed to prevent the occurrence of complications will be detailed as well as clinical techniques for their management when they occur. This presentation will also offer several clinical examples to highlight the topics presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand clinical compromises that arise from improper implant placement, and explore techniques to address them
  • To become familiar with current techniques to remove implants and address tissue defects
  • To understand space requirements for prostheses to assist in durability and longevity
  • To know how to troubleshoot material wear and fracture
  • To know how to manage abutment screw fracture and loosening