Hardware or technical complications occur about twice as frequently as biological complications. Moreover, hardware complications can lead to biological complications, which are typically more severe. This lecture explains how hardware maintenance can “make or break” implant treatment. Topics covered include the effect of materials, prosthesis fit, and occlusion on maintenance requirements. Guidelines for a maintenance protocol are presented, including the necessary armamentarium as well as who should perform it – the restorative clinician, the hygienist, or the surgeon - and the time points at which it should happen.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
- explain the rationale for hardware maintenance
- describe materials and their correct usage
- discuss the impact of prostheses fit on hardware complications
- discuss the impact of occlusion on hardware complications
- identify when maintenance should be performed, and by whom