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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-36

Fabricating a stent for accurate and reproducible measurement of peri-implant pocket depth

Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George's Medical University UP, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Saumyendra Vikram Singh
2/273, Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow - 226 010, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdi.jdi_10_18

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Pocket probing around dental implants is an important diagnostic procedure for the assessment of peri-implant status and evaluation of periodontal therapy. Conventionally, probing is done arbitrarily in the center of four aspects (mesial, distal, facial, and lingual/palatal) of implant without removal of the prosthesis. The prosthesis design leads to a steep convergence angle of probe insertion or possible penetration of peri-implant tissues which leads to incorrect measurement. The present technique describes a vacuum formed polyvinyl chloride stent that allows peri-implant pocket depth measurements to be performed repeatedly and reproducibly at pre- and post-rehabilitative recall appointments.

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