Current research: operatory setup for placing implants should not be an impediment

Jan. 5, 2011
Dr. Gordon Christensen discusses results of a current study that included placement of root-form dental implants in patients in two different operatory setups.

By Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

This study included placement of root-form dental implants in 1,285 patients from 1985 to 2003. Some of the patients (2,414 implants placed) had implants placed in a typical hospital surgical setup as originally described by Branemark. Another subgroup of patients had 1,586 implants placed using a simplified operatory setup similar to a typical dental operatory environment. Healing was evaluated after six months. Significant differences with regard to complications or implant survival rate were NOT found in the study.

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Author bio
Dr. Gordon Christensen is a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah, and a Diplomate for the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the founder and director of Practical Clinical Courses, an international continuing education organization initiated in 1981 for dental professionals. Dr. Christensen is a cofounder (with his wife, Rella) and senior consultant of CLINICIANS REPORT (formerly Clinical Research Associates), which has conducted research in all areas of dentistry since 1976. Dr. Christensen is an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.