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Success and failure with dental implants

Nikos Mattheos (Hong Kong SAR China)

Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Language: English
Chair(s): Alejandro López-Quiroga (Spain)

Learning Objectives

Attendants of this seminar should be able to:
  • > Identify the risks posed by psychological, behavioural and other patient factors to the success of implant therapy
  • Identify patients with misperceptions and/or unrealistic expectations from implant rehabilitation
  • > Design effective communication strategies to ensure successful treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.


After decades of research and development, implant dentistry has reached the mature stage of a predictable and successful treatment modality. General practitioners and specialists alike invest a lot of time and effort to optimize procedures and devices in order to ensure the best possible outcomes. Nevertheless, complications, failures and problems of different sorts are not uncommon, while implants seem to top the lists of insurance claims and patient complaint hearings.
As clinicians, we have developed sophisticated measurements to assess the success of treatment with dental implants, based on soft and hard tissue outcomes, aesthetics and function. It is evident however that our patients have very different parametres to perceive success. It is not uncommon, in particular when it comes to larger oral rehabilitations, that successful clinical outcomes are experienced by the patient as unsuccessful treatments and vice versa.

Next Event

FDI 2017
29 August - 1 Septembre 2017
Madrid, Spain

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