Course Details

Sustaining Implant Health: The Significance of Maintenance in Achieving Long-Term Success

Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, CDIPC


Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Code: F20 Cost: $0 | $0 after 9/26 Date: Friday, Oct 25

Subject:  Implants  |  Audience: All Attendees |  CE Credits: 3 hours Lecture

Course Description:

In modern dentistry, dental implants offer patients a viable option for tooth replacement. However, it’s crucial to remember that the treatment of dental implants goes beyond the surgical or restorative phases. Establishing a tailored maintenance program for each patient and their dental implant is essential for long-term success. This program should consider the patient’s motivation, dexterity, physical capabilities, and prosthetics to determine the most suitable at-home and in-office maintenance methods. Staying updated on the latest research and products is vital in ensuring the continued health of the patient’s dental implant(s).

Learning Objectives:

  • Define peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis and the differentiating clinical factors.
  • Explain the steps of assessing dental implants after placement and during maintenance visits.
  • Determine the frequency of implant maintenance.
  • Discuss the importance of patient education on the long-term health of dental implants.
  • Discuss new protocols for in-office implant maintenance.
  • Determine the correct products for at-home maintenance with a patient-centered focus.

About the Speaker: Michelle has been a clinician in dentistry since 2000 and is currently a practicing hygienist, speaker, writer, content developer, consultant, and podcast co-host “Level Up Infection Prevention Podcast”. She is a self-proclaimed dental nerd and sees the dental profession as not only her forever career path but her hobby. With a Master’s in Dental Hygiene education, Certificate in Dental Infection Control and Prevention, and a belief in lifelong learning, Michelle hopes to continue to learn and grow within the dental profession and one day sees the gap bridged between medical and dental. ​Her experience as a hygienist began in a periodontal and implant-driven office while gaining considerable experience with the maintenance of dental implants and compromised dentition. Michelle has also served in her community and on global mission trips.  She believes deeply in sustainable, charitable dentistry and serves to bridge the gap in access to care. In addition to her speaking expertise, Michelle is also highly skilled in creating educational content, including webinars, podcasts, and video content. She has written articles for numerous dental publications and is a frequent guest on dental podcasts.

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