This course will teach the general dentist — and specialist working with general dentists — how to plan and deliver implants for crown and bridge restorations. In the diagnostic phase, we begin with the end in mind. We reverse engineer the foundation with proper site preparation to support your anticipated outcome. You will learn step-by-step techniques for hard- and soft-tissue augmentation, crown lengthening to create symmetry and sulcus shaping to provide the ideal emergence profile for each restoration. We will also discuss implant positioning, as well as the shape of interproximal contacts that promote the shape and health of the interdental papillae. The workshop portion includes an overview of surgical and prosthetic armamentarium, demonstrations and step-by-step instructions on placing an implant, modification of a healing abutment, delivery of a provisional prosthesis and conversion of a cementable provisional to a screw-retained provisional.
Course Objectives +The initial diagnostic process +Case presentation — what to look for and how to plan the treatment appointments +Step-by-step instruction on site preparation — from atraumatic extractions to simplified hard- and soft-tissue augmentation +What type of radiographs are needed (periapical films, pano or CBCT) and when and why to use each +How to correlate the patient’s radiographs and CBCT to the surgical guide +How to determine the size and number of implants needed for long-term durability and a cosmetic outcome +Objective guidelines for whether or not an implant can carry a provisional restoration and how to make or adapt the provisional +How to manage the occlusion +Long-term supportive care