March 04, 2007
Accomplishment of Treatment
Before reading Chapter 30, I had little knowledge of oral rehabilitation and dental implants in general. I thought it was simple and quick, but much to my surprise it is a very lengthy preocedure and it requires a "team effort". Oral rehabilitation requires patience, persistence, and dedication of the patient, the dentist, and the dental hygienist. Some implications for the dental hygientist are to motivate the patient through the process, motivate the patient on biofilm removal, motivate the patient on the use of a fluoride dentifrice, and a fluoride rinse, and observe any changes to the habilitated areas.
Posted by chewison at March 4, 2007 07:35 PM
Cheryl is right, it takes "team" effort to accomplish a successful implant process. An implant is foreign object placed inside the human bone and it is up to us to inform our patients the importance of taking care of it properly including infection control for optimal success!
Posted by: ambemari at March 5, 2007 04:42 PM
I thought that was interesting too. It's not a simple restorative procedure and it requires definite cooperation between all the dental health professionals involved in the patient care, and of course, the patient themselves. And like you said, motivation on our part, as the hygienist, will play an important role. When considering all of this it reminded me a lot about treating patients before, during, and after orthodontics. Implant patients have a lot of the same considerations in terms of maintaining optimum home oral care.
Posted by: dfazio at March 5, 2007 05:29 PM
I also agree with not only a team effort, but a team who are all on the same page. Sometimes if you don't agree with what the dr. is doing it is hard to motivate the patient to do something you don't believe in.
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