Thomas Albrektsson, an icon in the world of implant dentistry, gives an alternative view on the possible causes of the onset of crestal bone loss around implants. In a clear and direct manner, he explains the mechanical and biologic components of implants that influence osseointegration and outlines how these differ from teeth. He discusses osseointegration in terms of a foreign body response and suggests that imbalance in the foreign body equilibrium may lead to crestal bone loss around implants, thereby increasing the chance of peri-implantitis.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
list the biologic differences between teeth and implants
list the biologic events leading to a foreign body response