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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 158-161

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Implant Dentistry Settings

1 Clinical Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Al-Ameed, Karbala, Iraq
2 Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics and Implantology, Department of Prosthodontics, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, Iran
3 Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, University of Al-Ameed, Karbala, Iraq
4 Private Practice, Mazandaran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Moein Hoseini Shirazi
Prosthodontics Department, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran
Mohammed Hussein M Hussein Alsharbaty
Head of Prosthodontics Branch, College of Dentistry, University of Al-Ameed, Karbala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/denthyp.denthyp_119_22

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In 2019, Wuhan city of China announced the epidemic of COVID-19 as a public health disaster which has been recognized as an uncommon type of single stranded RNA virus belonging to Coronaviridae family and then quickly spread all over the world. Clinically symptomatic patients are identified as the primary source of COVID-19 transmission. Most of dental procedures require the use of high-speed handpieces which leads to aerosol generation. Implant dentistry is the field of dentistry which deals with prosthetic rehabilitation with minimal aerosol generation ensuring an aseptic surgical environment. There are several decisive recommendations regarding COVID-19 precautions that should be appreciated in implant dentistry. Sharp drills in slow speed drilling machines are preferred during surgery. Regular irrigation with high volume suction is greatly encouraged. Osteotomes are encouraged over ultrasonic devices to minimize the generation of aerosols during surgical procedures. Immediate implants placement is more preferred as the number of visits to the dentists is reduced. Impression techniques should be shifted to the digital approach instead of conventional methods. Full mouth rehabilitation cases requiring complex procedures should be accomplished restrictedly.

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