Implications For Practice
Based on the results of the included randomized controlled trials (RCTs), there was no evidence showing that any particular sort of implant has superior long-term success over another sort of implant. There was limited evidence showing that implants with relatively smooth (turned) surfaces are less vulnerable to lose bone because of chronic infection (peri-implantitis) than implants with much rougher surfaces (titanium – plasma-sprayed). These findings were supported by several RCTs, often at high risk of bias, with few participants and relatively short follow-up periods.
Implications For Research
More well-designed, long-term RCTs are required to understand if there is any design, surface modification, or material able to improve the effectiveness of oral implants significantly. It is recommended that such trials include:
- Test and control implants placed within the same way when possible;
- A sufficient number of participants to disclose a real difference, if any;
- A proper group allocation concealment;
- Independent outcome assessors when blinding isn’t possible to attenuate detection bias;
- A sufficient duration (five years or more).
Such trials should be reported according to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines ( www.consort‐statement.org ). Ideally, these trials should investigate only one aspect, such as the role of various degrees of surface roughness or the role of calcium-phosphate coatings, or some specific implant design or materials thus minimizing the numerous confounding factors such as different implant shapes or clinical procedures.
Choosing the best dentist for your little one can be a difficult decision. Should your child’s first dental visit be with a general or pediatric dentist? Maybe you don’t know what the difference is between the two. All dentists can see children, but pediatric dentists receive extra training to do so. To make things easier for you and to arm you with more information, we’re going to take a closer look at the differences between pediatric and general dentists.
After completing their bachelor’s degree, a pediatric dentist will take more time to receive additional training because their little ones need it. This specialized training is named pediatric residency; these dentists spend a further two to 3 years honing their skills. Pediatric dentists observe children exclusively, from the time their first tooth erupts through their teenage years. Just as your little one sees a pediatrician for physical problems, he/she needs a dedicated dental professional.
A pediatric dentist has the skills to effectively help your little one have a bright smile. This includes helping children who require specialized treatment and understanding the needs of each patient. This may involve planning all the processes and plans that must be done to improve the oral health of your little ones. Unlike general dentists, pediatric dentists receive extra training to learn how to use equipment that is specifically designed to treat children.
Let our team of specialized dentists help your little one achieve better oral health! The reality is that no one is going to give your child the most effective treatment like a pediatric dentist. Call us today at any of our locations to help you find the perfect smile.