Implant Care Practitioner

With dental implants being the standard of care for tooth replacement, dental hygienists can expect an increase in the number of patients with implant dentistry. Dental hygienists play an integral role in the prevention and detection of peri-implant diseases, thus, advanced dental hygiene education and effective implant maintenance are key to the longevity of implant supported restorations. The Implant Care Practitioner is a registered dental hygienist with the highest level of implant knowledge, training and hands on experience dedicated to serving the population of patients with advanced implant dentistry.

The dental hygiene professions contributions to the overall health of the patient is instituting change across the nation as surgeons, like Dr. Kazemi, have begun to recognize and endorse the dental hygienist’s role as the Implant Care Practitioner. This new role will not only improve access to dental implant patient care, it will simultaneously engage clinicians to advance their education in order to provide the highest quality of care to their patients with dental implants.

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Dental implants are not teeth and, therefore, require different diagnostic and maintenance techniques from natural teeth. Current recommendations and protocols for the management of implant supported prosthesis are lacking. Shavonne Healy, RDH, BSDH, ICP has designed and implemented into Kazemi Oral Surgery and Dental Implants evidenced-based clinical practice procedures that are supported by the latest technological advancements in the field of dental hygiene. Depending on the needs of the individual, the ICP offers a non surgical therapeutic approach to peri-implant and periodontal diseases through the adjunctive use of:

  • Diode Laser Therapy: the use of laser science in conjunction with traditional procedures to aid in the reduction of pathogenic bacteria and maintenance of periodontal tissue.
  • Periodontal Endoscopy: a miniature endoscope that magnifies tooth and implant anatomy allowing for the visualization of deposits deep underneath the gum aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in a minimally invasive way
  • Aqueous Powder Streaming: powder streaming techniques with glycine powder have shown to be clinically effective in the removal of plaque bio-film from any implant surface and more efficient stain removal for natural teeth.

Oral Hygiene Instrutional Videos

Your home care regimen should be specific to your dental needs. We only recommend the highest quality brushes and products specifically designed for the patient with dental implants. This includes a variety of specialty brushes, the use of hydromagnetic oral irrigation, and electric toothbrushes.

In this video, we review important home care and hygiene instructions for all dental implant case types.

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About Shavonne R. Healy, RDH, BSDH, ICP

Ms. Healy has made remarkable contributions to the field of dental hygiene as a clinician, change agent, educator, writer, researcher and innovator. As a 2006 graduate of Fones School of Dental Hygiene, Healy’s educational foundation was built by world-class professors who instilled the importance of being a member of her professional association (the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), seek advanced education and degree completion. Over the past 12 years she has served in many different roles for ADHA such as, a 201-2018 delegate to ADHA and her current role as President of the District of Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association. Furthermore, Healy is a leader within her operatory through the extensive clinical care she provides her patients, her commitment to lifelong learning and the fearless ways she blazes trails within the dental hygiene profession.

In 2016 Healy co-founded RDH Innovations with the mission to integrate the dental hygienist into oral surgery. This new role for the dental hygienist will improve patient care with the specialized knowledge required to maintain long term healthy outcomes for the dental implant patient population. Through these efforts she is breaking the boundaries of the traditional clinical dental hygiene setting practicing as an Implant Care Practitioner. Her experience in treating this specialized patient population coupled with her extensive dental implant knowledge has solidified her as an expert in the dental implant community. Healy co-manages Dental Implants Uncovered Study Group, a social media platform for dental hygienists to share dental implant questions, experience and cases to improve our profession’s knowledge base of implant dentistry. This forum has international engagement and many of the dental hygienists who are members have expressed how this medium has helped advance their dental implant knowledge and improve their patient care.

Healy is a graduate student at University of Bridgeport: Fones School of Dental Hygiene where she is helping to develop curriculum for a graduate program in support of the Implant Care Practitioner. Passionate about continuing education and leadership, she takes pride in not only educating her patients about the importance of a healthy mouth, but whole body wellness. Her mission is to inspire others to be limitless and take charge of their roles as professionals in health care!