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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-25

Removal of a dental implant: An unusual case report

Department of Restorative Dentistry, Manchester Dental Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Joanne Cunliffe
Manchester Dental Hospital, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-6781.76428

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This article is a case report of removal of a dental implant using electrosurgery. A discussion will outline a possibly less invasive method to remove the dental implant. This involves the use of electrosurgery unit to cause a thermo-necrosis of the bone and therefore a weakening of the bone-implant interface. It is suggested that a controlled laboratory experiment be carried out to look at the effects of mono-polar electrosurgery on osseointergration on dental implants and the possible use of this method to allow for simple removal of poorly positioned fixtures and also fixtures with significant bone loss but no mobility.

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