Due to the numerous research in the field of implant dentistry and rapid advances in medical diagnostic tools and imaging, a new era has evolved regarding dental extraction and replacement of missing teeth compared to 50 years ago.
Immediate dental implant is defined as the placement of implant immediately after tooth extraction. This allows clinicians to reduce the number of surgeries, resulting in shorter treatment times, thus better patient satisfaction. It is suitable in selected situations. It is a highly technique sensitive procedure, thus the successful rate is relatively lower, yet still promising (~ 90%-95 %). Clinicians usually restrict this treatment only to esthetic related area such as upper anterior teeth. If the primary stability is allowed, a temporary prosthesis will be connected immediately so that the patient can have their function and esthetics restored immediately after tooth extraction. The key to success is how to accurately predict these outcomes in a longer period of time. In addition to proper case selection and technique, the rapid advances in digital aids will allow the use of specific methods to predict better outcomes.Curriculum Vitae
Alfred Sze Lok LAU, Hong Kong
Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr Alfred Lau is one of the directors at the Branemark Osseointegration Centre of Hong Kong. He is involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as the honorary clinical associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Hong Kong and Honorary consultant in Queen Mary Hospital. He is also currently the honorary consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital.
Dr Lau is the President of the Hong Kong Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also the founder and Immediate Past President of Young Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Group of Hong Kong and is actively working in promoting the field around the region. Currently, he also holds the position as the Vice President of Hong Kong Society of Sedation and Anesthesia in Dentistry and committee member of Young Dentist Group of Hong Kong Dental Association. He is also appointed as the Regional Faculty of the AOCMF in the Asia Pacific Region, the Chairperson of the NextGen section and the Executive Committee member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also serves as a Councilor for both the Asian and International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Lau’s special interests are implant dentistry especially immediate implant in the esthetic zone, cleft lip and palate surgery and orthognathic surgery. He has been invited to participate in various surgeries around the region and is active in participating in voluntary services especially cleft lip and palate surgeries. He frequently speaks in conferences and courses both locally and internationally.