Donald Curtis, DMD
What do you tell a patient that smokes and wants dental implants? Do you say no? Does it matter if they smoke a little or a lot? How do the individual and aggregate risks of patient and clinician factors impact consent, treatment planning and a patient-specific maintenance plan? Much new information has become available about risk assessment and this program will provide clinical examples of how to create value for your patients seeking dental implants.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify how risk assessment can be helpful in treatment planning, providing informed consent, and providing a patient-specific maintenance plan; 2) identify some of the clinician-based risks that can limit success with dental implants; and 3) discuss why a maintenance plan should be patient specific, risk-based, age-appropriate and account for the type of prosthesis being fabricated.