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Rachel M. Thelen, BSDH, LDH, RF

Rachel M. Thelen, BSDH, LDH, RF, is a clinical instructor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis. In addition to teaching, Rachel works part-time in clinical practice. She will soon graduate with her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) from the University of Minnesota.

Are Hygiene Programs Falling Behind on Teaching about Peri-implant Diseases?

Background on Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions Implant placement for adults has been increasing and is expected to reach 17% by 2026 for adults age 35 and older who have lost at least one permanent tooth due to periodontal disease or caries.1 Over the years, significant improvement with implant survival rate has been observed, which is predicted to be 95%.2,3 However,...