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Newport Study Club - 01 November 2016

How Long Will Your Implants Last? Management of Peri-Implant Lesions

Presented by: Nicola West
Exhibitor: The Dental Imaging Company Ltd, Megagen, Osstem UK
Date: 01 November 2016
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ

Dental implants are a highly successful long-term treatment option for restoring edentulous areas in the mouth, improving the quality of life of many individuals with regards to function and aesthetics. However, increasing use of dental implants for replacement of missing teeth has created a new burden of disease in the form of peri-implant diseases, with contemporary research estimating a 43% prevalence of peri-implant mucositis and a 22% prevalence of peri-implantitis.

These diseases are initiated by the accumulation of microbial biofilms on the dental implants, causing local inflammatory reactions in the marginal soft tissues. One of the main risk factors for peri-implant lesions is susceptibility to periodontitis which now affects more than 50% of the adult population with its severe forms affecting 11% of adults, making severe periodontitis the 6th most prevalent disease of mankind. Periodontal health across the human lifespan is a key component of oral health and an important component of general health and well-being for individuals and the population as a whole. These conditions ideally need to be prevented or addressed at an early stage. Further, a number of implants will have complications due to technical reasons.

This presentation will address the aetiology and management of peri-implant conditions and other complications and failure of implants focusing on the role of the whole dental team.


Professor Nicola West is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff). After attaining her fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Nicola gained her PhD from the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1995, on dentine hypersensitivity and tooth surface loss. Nicola gained her chair in Periodontology at Bristol Dental School, where she conducts research at an international level, leading the Clinical Trials Unit and attracting substantial industrial funding. Current research interests include: developing research methodologies, periodontal links to systemic disease, bone augmentation and peri-implant lesions, the scientific evaluation of oral health care products, tooth wear, dentine hypersensitivity and tooth whitening. Nicola leads Restorative Dentistry at the Bristol Dental School.

Nicola lectures regularly in the national and international forum, is the secretary of the British Society of Periodontology, UK European Federation of Periodontology Representative, Regional Postgraduate Tutor for the British Society of Periodontology in the South West of England. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a UK member of the International Standards Committee and on the advisory board of the Oral Health Foundation, member of the Royal College Specialist Advisory Committee and GDC Specialist Listing assessor.

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