Zombie Implants and the Potions We Use
By Dr. Bruce K. Barr, Academy News Editorial Consultant
It is believed by some the voodoo god Damballa protects humans from zombies, also known as the living dead. There is even a U.S. software protection company that took the name of this deity, but it is apparent to many dentists his powers do not protect us from the increase in zombie implants. Those undead, cyclically infected, swollen, purulent, painful structures that some, with only a few terminal threads left in bone, mystically stay solid, supporting extensive prosthetics our patients do not want to and often cannot afford to lose.
These implants, defined by the unofficial zombie index of small, medium, and large (bone loss less then 20%, 50%, and more than 50% respectively) that refuse to heal or die, we try to bring back to health with a vast array of potions and surgical techniques. This article seeks to explore techniques used by our collective membership. Currently, the two most common views expressed by experienced clinicians seem to be the importance of decontaminating the implant surface, and then, many said only half in jest, to pray.