Can Dental Implants Cause Sarcoma?

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Dr. F. asks:
I just read “Maxillary osteosarcoma associated with a dental implant� McGuff, et al in the current issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association 2008;139:1052. The authors conclude: “…the development of a malignancy in relation to the use of implanted biomaterials, while a rare occurrence, is a potential complication.� They report on a case of osteosarcoma that might potentially have been caused by a dental implant. Has anybody else read this journal article, and if so, how do we put this conclusion into perspective? What does this mean for the future of implant dentistry? Are we putting our patients at risk? What are the legal ramifications?