PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today
PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today 5 (2008), No. 2     12. Sep. 2008
PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today 5 (2008), No. 2  (12.09.2008)

Page 83-98

Decision-making in periodontics: a case report
Fickl, Stefan / Bolz, Wolfgang / Wachtel, Hannes / Thalmair, Tobias / Zuhr, Otto / Hürzeler, Markus B.
Long-term periodontal stability is one of the major issues of periodontal therapy. Besides a successful active therapy and a meticulous periodontal maintenance phase, the initial risk assessment for each single tooth is of utmost importance. However, the literature contains only limited guidelines and recommendations concerning periodontal risk assessment. In particular, when teeth are to be used as abutments for a new prosthetic reconstruction, long-term periodontal stability should be expected. This clinical report discusses the clinical considerations concerning periodontal risk assessment, and factors that aid in the decision-making process.

Keywords: decision-making, implants, periodontal therapy, risk assessment