Management of peri-implant diseases: a survey of Australian periodontists

Khan, Ahsen, and Sharma, Dileep (2020) Management of peri-implant diseases: a survey of Australian periodontists. Dentistry Journal, 8 (3). 100.

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Background/Aim: This survey-based study aims to explore the clinical management protocols of followed by Australian periodontists in relation to peri-implant diseases.

Materials and Methods: A five-part online questionnaire was developed and administered through email. Descriptive statistics were used for analysis, with the univariate associations between a categorical outcome and the variables evaluated using Pearson's Chi-squared test.

Results: The survey yielded 99 responses, resulting in a response rate of 41.8%. Most participants were male and aged 35-44 years. More than a quarter of practitioners had been placing implants for 6-10 years and almost two-fifths of practitioners placed 1-10 implants per month. The estimated prevalence of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis in the general Australian population was 47% and 21%, respectively. Practitioners reported using systemic antibiotics to manage peri-implant mucositis (7%) and (72%) peri-implantitis lesions, with a combination of amoxicillin and metronidazole. Most common treatment modalities were oral hygiene instructions, nonsurgical debridement and antimicrobial gel/rinse. Surgical debridement and systemic antibiotics were also often used for peri-implantitis treatment. Practitioners preferred a 3-month clinical follow-up and 6-month radiographic evaluation. Furthermore, three-quarters of practitioners rated their management as moderately effective, although upwards of nine-tenths expressed the need for further training and awareness.

Conclusion: This study confirms a significant use of empirical treatment modalities due to lack of standard therapeutic protocol. However, some approaches followed by the specialists may provide a basis to formulate a therapeutic protocol for peri-implant disease management.

Item ID: 64230
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2304-6767
Keywords: peri-implant mucositis; peri-implantitis; dental implants; therapeutics; aetiology
Copyright Information: © 2020 by the authors. This article is an open accessarticle distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution(CC BY) license (
Funders: College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF)
Projects and Grants: ADRF student research grant (2019)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 19:53
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3203 Dentistry > 320310 Periodontics @ 80%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3203 Dentistry > 320306 Oral implantology @ 10%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3203 Dentistry > 320303 Dental therapeutics, pharmacology and toxicology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920113 Oro-Dental Disorders @ 100%
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