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Newcastle Study Club

28 March 2022
Supportive Implant Therapy

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Presented by: Claire McCarthy
Host: Anthony Cooper
Date: 28 March 2022
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: The Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5HN

Prevention and early intervention of peri-implant mucositis is considered the first line of defence in maintaining implants in health and function to ensure long-term survival. Timely and effective treatment of peri-implant mucositis may even prevent (Jepsen et al, 2015) or delay progression to peri-implantitis (Lang & Berglundh, 2011), an irreversible infectious condition affecting the alveolar bone, that fatally compromises osseointegration. Prevalence of peri-implant mucositis is high, reported in approximately 80% of patients and 50% of all implants (Zitzmann & Berglundh 2008, Roos-Jansaker et al 2006).

In this session we will examine the three elements of supportive implant therapy and how best to clinically manage early peri-implant complications, together with a strategic approach to improve adherence to self-care and recall intervals. This session will discuss the key aspects of implant examination, professional mechanical plaque removal from titanium surfaces and prostheses, and explore the role of the patient in disease prevention and treatment.


  • Delegates will have a deeper understanding of the three main components of a supportive implant therapy appointment.  


  • Explain the elements of a comprehensive examination protocol for peri-implant tissues
  • Know which instruments are considered safe & effective to remove biofilm & calculus from implant surfaces and why
  • Describe the role of the patient in the treatment and longevity of dental implants & their restorative counterparts and discuss how to improve adherence to recall & homecare recommendations.


Claire teaches Periodontology & Implant Dentistry at NYU in New York where she is adjunct professor and course coordinator. She is an honorary clinical fellow and research fellow at Kings College London and at Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Trust and treats patients in private specialist practice in London. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Kings College London.

She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 and has a combined 24 years clinical experience and 18 years as a researcher and faculty on BDS, Hygiene & Therapy undergraduate programmes and teaching at Postgraduate level on MSc in Periodontology, Implant Dentistry in the UK and the US.  

She is the former head of the BDS year 2 periodontology programme at King’s College London. She completed a master’s degree in Higher Education in 2007 and is fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Claire currently sits on council of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and is also past-DCP representative for the BSP.

She lectures nationally and internationally as well as delivering hands on courses in all aspects of non-surgical periodontal and implant therapy. She is a published author in peer-review journals and has contributed to two textbooks and consults practice owners, dental teams and industry on non-surgical therapy, device and instrument design and on patient and public engagement.


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