Webinar: Vitamin D Deficiency and Dental Implant Failure: What Every Clinician Needs to Know
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Dental implants are generally considered a safe and highly predictable surgical procedure performed by many clinicians with the aim of replacing missing teeth. Yet to this day, a number of implants placed in adequate bone volume are lost each year within a 2-8 week period following implant placement for yet explained reasons. As society continues to consume lower quality foods and rely more heavily on fast foods, a large percentage of today’s population is increasing demonstrating vitamin deficiency upon testing owing to this lack of nutritional intake.
These deficiencies are even more pronounced in the aging population where a greater percentage of dental implants are placed. Unfortunately, one of the most prominent deficiencies known to mankind is that of vitamin D, a water-soluble vitamin critical for proper immune function as well as bone homeostasis. Over the past decade, vitamin D deficiency has been observed in ~70% of the population and particularly in post-menopausal osteoporotic women where vitamin D is commonly prescribed (with various co-factors such as vitamin K) with the aim of further optimizing bone density and halting disease progression. Interestingly, recent dental implant studies have found that while smoking and generalized periodontitis is generally associated with a ~50%-200% increase in dental implant failure, studies have more recently shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with up to a 300% increase in early implant failure.
These shocking findings further highlight the fact that systemic health, including adequate vitamins and minerals, play a critical role in biomaterial/dental implant integration.
Dr. Richard Miron is currently the lead educator and researcher at Advanced PRF Education and an Adjunct Visiting Faculty in the department of Periodontology in Bern, Switzerland where he completed his PhD studies since 2009. He has currently published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and lectures internationally on many topics relating to growth factors, bone biomaterials and guided bone regeneration. He was recently awarded many international prizes in dentistry and is widely considered as one of the top young contributors to implant dentistry having won the ITI Andre Schroeder Prize, the IADR Young Investigator of the Year award in the field of Implant Dentistry.
He has written 2 best-selling textbooks widely distributed in regenerative dentistry including his most recent in 2019 titled: “Next Generation Biomaterials for Bone and Periodontal Regeneration” and a 2nd in 2017 titled: “Platelet Rich Fibrin in Regenerative Dentistry: From Biological Background to Clinical Indications”.
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