Logo IFED 8th World Congress in Munich 2013


Dr. Rino Burkhardt

Reliability of dental implants                                                            

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Session 1: 9:50-10:15
Dr. Rino Burkhardt


In today's reconstructive therapies we can find a variety of treatment modalities on the shortlist. One of them and frequently chosen is the prosthetic reconstruction supported by endosseous implants. The choice for a certain treatment strategy is the result of a decision-making process, which, in turn, is based on a thorough weighing of the advantages and disadvantages, risks and benefits of the eligible options. Unfortunately, the professional and economic expectations of the several involved parties do not always coincide or the clinician just offer the treatment which he likes most or is familiar with according to "one size fits all".
It is the goal of the present lecture to compare the longterm outcomes of implant-supported crowns and bridges with those of fixed ones on natural abutments. It will be interesting to evaluate the most important factors for a successful result.
Once an implant solution has been chosen, it is of interest to look for the variables which define the success of such a treatment in the zone of esthetic priority, especially on a longterm basis. We will see that the perception regarding the severity of the complication, again, does not always coincide between clinicians and patients.
One of the most difficult complications to treat is the peri-implant infection. If we compare the options for infection control that we have around teeth with the corresponding ones around implants, the title of the present session "Reliability of dental implants" should be added with a question mark.


Rino Burkhardt graduated from the University of Zurich and received his doctorate from the Medical Faculty of the same University. He is an EFP (European Federation of Periodontology) certified specialist in periodontology and received his Masters degree from the Medical Faculty of the University of Berne (MAS in Periodontology).

He maintains a private practice in Zurich, limited to periodontology and implantology. His an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED), the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO), the Swiss Society of Periodontology (SSP) and Board member of the Swiss Society of Implantology (SGI).

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