Implant dentistry is a predictable treatment modality providing function and esthetics. Proper implant positioning is a critical factor to ensure a successful outcome. There are many methods to place implants that allow for adequate osseointegration. However, these traditional techniques do not guarantee accurate implant positioning. Factors such as the surgeon’s hand stability, variation in bone quality, visual obstacles and improper surgical guides will compromise the implant surgery. The misplacement of implants leads to nonaxial implant loading, complicated restorative process, increased expense, compromised esthetics as well as biologic and prosthetic complications. This course will present optimal techniques and technology for accurate placement of implants and their predictable restoration. Participants will be exposed to a restoratively driven process coordinated between the different members of the dental team. This course will review the process of pre-surgical design of the definitive restoration throughout laboratory wax-up or a computer-assisted design (CAD). The benefits of creating a virtual patient image, diagnostics and surgical simulation will be outlined. Course participants will be exposed to the advantages of computer surgical navigation leading to accurate implant positioning.
Topics to be covered:
- Principles of proper implant positioning
- Limitations of traditional implant placement
- The diagnostic and virtual wax-up
- Radiographic templates and scan appliances
- Patient imaging protocols
- How to “read” a CT scan ?
- Implant-planning software
- Image analysis for anatomic/restorative diagnosis
- Virtual implant surgery
- Fabrication of surgical guides
- Computer-guided surgery techniques: advantages and limitations
- Immediate implant provisional fabrication
- Management of complications