Implants and Inflammation - a Risky Association?


There are three major types of implant/abutment connections including bone level implants with butt-joint connections, bone level implants with platform-switched connections and tissue level implants with no interface at the crestal bone level. Many papers in the literature have examined bacterial contamination of implant components internally after the implant and abutment are connected. When bacteria are present, the host reacts by mounting an inflammatory response. The important question then becomes if such inflammation puts the implants at risk. This talk will review these topics and present data on risk factors for early and late implant loss and, marginal bone loss.

Curriculum Vitae

David Cochran, USA
The University of Texas Health Science Center, USA

Dr. Cochran is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry. He is a Board Certified Periodontist and is a past President of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Osseointegration. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Team for Implantology (ITI). Dr. Cochran is currently President of the ITI and is a member of the Board of Directors of the ITI. Dr. Cochran is an active basic science and clinical researcher who has received funding from both the NIH-NIDR and private industry. Dr. Cochran received an honorable doctorate degree from the University of Bern due to his contribution to implant dentistry in 2010.