By Melissa N. Terry, RDH, BSDH; Jana Kay Mannen, RDH, MSDH; and Giang Nguyen, BSDH, RDH
Thirty years ago, dental implants were placed and maintained primarily at dental offices that specialized in implantology. Today, implant maintenance is handled in general dental offices as well as specialty practices. As the popularity of implant therapy has grown, so has the prevalence of peri-implant diseases. The prevalence of peri-implant mucositis is estimated at 30% to 43%, and the prevalence of peri-implantitis is approximately 12% to 22%. With such a large number of patients investing in implant therapy, the standard of care for peri-implant maintenance must remain high.
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