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Robert Dorrington
Is periodontal disease a significant risk factor in implant dentistry?

Now osseointegration is generally accepted, the longevity of implant treatment has become more important. As soon as an implant is exposed to the oral cavity plaque will form on its surface. Experimental studies have shown that the tissue response to plaque formation around teeth and dental implants are similar (Pontoriero et al 1994, Zitzmann et al. 2001). These inflammatory lesions that develop around implants are recognised as peri-implant disease and are classified as peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis depending on the severity. The aim of this presentation is to critically evaluate whether periodontal disease is a significant risk factor in Implantology.

Robert Dorrington
Robert Dorrington qualified from Liverpool University in 1997 and began his dental career as a general dental practitioner in Blackburn.  He spent 8 years in Blackburn working both in general practice and at Blackburn Royal Infirmary as a part-time clinical assistant in both orthodontics and restorative dentistry.  His interest in implantology began at Blackburn Royal where he restored implants as part of his clinical assistant post.

In 2005 Robert purchased Inglewood House Dental Practice with his wife and brother and they now run a mixed NHS and private practice in Whitefield, Manchester.

In 2007 he completed the Multi-system Dental Implantology Certificate course at Trafford General Hospital before beginning his MSc in 2009 at Salford University.

Robert has now completed his second year at Salford and gained a diploma in implant dentistry at the same time as completing the MJDF examination.  He is now working towards his final year to complete his MSc.

Qualification: BDS(UL’pool) MJDF RCS(Eng)