Implant Dentistry - The Ultimate Dentistry

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Published by The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dr. MOK Chun-on

VOL.13 NO.11 NOVEMBER 2008

Implant Dentistry The Ultimate Dentistry
Dr. Albert MP Lee
BDS, MSc, FRACDS, FCDSHK(Paed Dent), FHKAM(Dental Surgery) Editor

EDITORS Dr. CHAN Chi-fung, Godfrey (Paediatrics) Dr. CHAN Chun-hon, Edmond (General Practice) Dr. KING Wing-keung, Walter (Plastic Surgery) Dr. YU Kong-san (Orthopaedics & Traumatology) EDITORIAL BOARD Dr. CHAN Chi-wai, Angus (General Surgery) Dr. CHAN, Norman (Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism) Dr. CHIANG Chung-seung (Cardiology) Dr. CHIM Chor-sang,James (Haematology) Dr. CHONG Lai-yin (Dermatology & Venereology) Dr. FAN Yiu-wah (Neurosurgery) Dr. FOO Wai-lum, William (Oncology) Dr. FONG Ka-yeung (Neurology) Prof. HO Pak-leung (Microbiology) Dr. KWOK Po-yin, Samuel (General Surgery) Dr. LAI Kei-wai, Christopher (Respiratory Medicine) Dr. LAI Sik-to, Thomas (Gastroenterology & Hepatology) Dr. LAI Yuk-yau, Timothy (Ophthalmology) Dr. LAM Tat-chung, Paul (Psychiatry) Dr. LAM Wai-man, Wendy (Radiology) Dr. LEE Man-piu, Albert (Dentistry) Dr. LO, Richard (Urology) Dr. LO See-kit, Raymond (Geriatric Medicine) Dr. MAN Chi-wai (Urology) Dr. MOK, Mo-yin (Rheumatology) Dr. TSANG Wai-kay (Nephrology) Dr. TSE Tak-fu (Cardiology) Prof. WEI I, William (Otorhinolaryngology) Dr. WONG Bun-lap, Bernard (Cardiology)

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The ultimate aim of all dental treatments is to provide a functional dentition and comfortable oral environment to satisfy the criteria of mastication, speech and aesthetics. All dental treatment philosophies are directed to all these criteria and various clinical techniques have been developed and evolved through years of meticulous researches in dental science and technology. However many conventional treatment techniques in dentistry have their limitations in various clinical situations. Periodontists are still looking for solutions to treat "periodontal downhill" patients with mobile teeth; endodontists are looking for solutions to treat "hopeless teeth" after repeated endodontic therapies; orthodontists are looking for additional means of anchorage for moving teeth; paedodontists are looking for solutions to treat patients with dental trauma, hypodontia and ectodermal dysplasia; prosthodontists are looking for effective solutions to treat patients requiring oral rehabilitation; oral and maxillofacial surgeons are looking for solutions to restore occlusion for patients requiring maxillofacial surgeries; general dentists are looking for solutions to treat patients with unsatisfactory dentures and failing dental bridges. With the development of osseo-integrated dental implants, Implant Dentistry provides a solution for all these clinical problems that could not be satisfactorily treated by conventional means and methods. Now there is hope for replacing teeth with advanced periodontal diseases; there is hope for replacing teeth with root fracture after endodontic treatments; there is hope for effective intra-oral anchorage for moving teeth during orthodontic treatments; there is hope for replacing congenital missing and avulsed teeth; there is hope for effective rehabilitation of patients with incomplete dentition; there is hope for patients requiring extensive maxillofacial reconstruction; there is hope for restoring unsatisfactory dentures and failing dental bridges. Implant dentistry has evolved as a clinical technique for many unsolvable clinical conditions; it is not a technique of any single dental specialty, but a technique for all dental clinicians. Hence continual education and training is essential for all dentists to acquire the knowledge and skill of this "Ultimate Dentistry" in modern dentistry.

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