Dentistry CPD: new this week – implants and periodontitis – should we go there?

implants and periodontitis – should we go there?

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New this week

Aly Virani looks at the considerations and possible complications which must be taken into account when planning implant treatment for periodontal patients

The soft tissues around dental implants contain fewer cells (fibroblasts) and more collagen than found in the periodontal ligament. The peri-implant tissues are also less vascular.

The lack of PDL means that the tissues around an implant are less responsive and resilient. The tissues around a healthy implant are as delicate as the tissues around a successfully stabilised periodontally involved tooth that has experienced previous loss of attachment.

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Retaining and disposing of patient records

Sometimes a complaint or clinical negligence claim can arise years after treatment. Consequently, Eric Easson, dentolegal adviser at the DDU, explains the importance of retaining and the secure storing of patient records.

Clinical records should be retained for at least the minimum periods recommended in national guidance or required by statute. For patients who regularly attend the practice, there is justification for retaining these records indefinitely to assist in the ongoing care of the patient.

The DDU often receives requests for assistance many years after an event has taken place. An absence of records can it make it significantly harder to mount an effective defence against any allegations.

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