Maintaining Dental Implants, Updated 1st Edition - L0834


About Course #L0834

Review Date: April 27, 2017

Expiration Date: April 26, 2020

Original Release Date: July 31, 2013

The use of implants has been an important treatment in restorative dentistry since the establishment of outcome predictability and recognition of long-term dental implant and restoration success. Additionally, the evolution of this treatment modality has resulted in widespread interest in restorative implant options among both patients and practitioners. The increasing number of patients selecting dental implants as a treatment option presents the dental team with the challenge of maintaining these implant-supported restorations.

This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, provides an overview of oral hygiene for dental implants, including the identification of similarities and differences in the periodontal structure surrounding a natural tooth versus that surrounding a dental implant. The course discusses the clinical procedures used to evaluate the status of dental implants as healthy, ailing, or failing and the methods employed in professionally cleaning implants and improving home care techniques.

AGD Subject Code: 690

Course Objectives

  • Explain oral hygiene for dental implants.
  • Identify similarities and differences in the periodontal structure surrounding a natural tooth versus that of an implant.
  • Explain the clinical procedures for evaluating the status of dental implants and determining healthy, ailing, and failing status.
  • Explain methods for the professional cleaning of implants and improved home care techniques.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, DICOI, is in private general practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topics of restorative dentistry, endodontics, dental implant surgery, and prosthetics and has published numerous journal articles in peer reviewed publications. In addition, Dr. Kurtzman is on the editorial board of numerous publications and is a consultant and clinical evaluator for multiple dental manufacturers. He has earned fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists, as well as masterships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Implant Prosthetic Section of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He also holds diplomat status in the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, is an associate clinical professor of periodontics at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He is the author of Principles of Dental Suturing: A Complete Guide to Surgical Closure and has a private practice in Marietta, Georgia.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.