Consensus Statements and Recommended Clinical Procedures Regarding Surgical Techniques

Stephen T. Chen, BDS, MDSc, PhD1/Jay Beagle, DDS, MSD2/Simon StorgÄrd Jensen, DDS3/ Matteo Chiapasco, MD4/Ivan Darby, BDS, PhD, FRACDS
The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, Volume 24, Supplement, 2009: 272-278

Techniques and biomaterials associated with the surgical placement of dental implants continue to develop but the variety of procedures and biomaterials available can create a confusing picture for the implant surgeon who has the responsibility for recommending the most appropriate surgical approach. The aim of this consensus statement was to review the surgical techniques and biomaterials used in current practice, and to evaluate the evidence supporting the use of these procedures. More than one year before the conference, four groups of international researchers prepared comprehensive review papers on four different topics: 1. Clinical and esthetic outcomes of implants placed in postextraction sites 2. Bone augmentation procedures in localized defects in the alveolar ridge with different bone grafts and bone substitute materials 3. Bone augmentation procedures in extended defects in the alveolar ridge 4. Ridge preservation techniques for implant therapy At the conference, these review papers were thoroughly critiqued by an international group of specialists in periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and prosthodontics, each with particular clinical expertise and research experience. The result of synergistic collaboration is a set of consensus statements and clinical recommendations.