Dealing with complications

Case 6. Surgical treatment outcome of crestal bone loss of dental implant with Er:Yag laser – a case follow-up

The final case presented involved a 52-year-old woman who was referred to the clinic to have two implants placed (to replace missing left mandibular molars). Two months after surgery, significant crestal bone loss was observed. There are multiple factors which could have been the cause (Oh et al., 2002).

The approach selected to combat this involved decontaminating the surface in order to promote re-osseointegration (Mellado-Valero et al., 2013). An Er:Yag laser was used, and the area was then grafted. Two months later, the peri-implant bone had regenerated and prosthetic treatment was completed.

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