This course will teach the general dentist how to manage the edentulous patient with small-diameter dental implants and cost-effective overdenture solutions. Clinicians taking this course will learn fundamental surgical procedures, treatment planning protocols and restorative steps necessary to easily select and treat patients with mandibular overdentures. Emphasis is on effective utilization of technology and standardized protocols to maximize profitability and success of patient treatment.
Included in the course is a workshop that will provide realistic, hands-on experience with the surgical and prosthetic protocol of these small-diameter, self-tapping titanium implants using a mandibular model replicated from an actual patient’s CT scan. The surgical portion of the workshop will familiarize the participant with the surgical armamentarium and protocol associated with small-diameter implants. During the prosthetic portion, participants will receive instruction on performing a soft reline of the denture around the heads of the implants and “picking up” the O-ring housings. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have an excellent patient education model to take home and utilize for building their implant practice.
Course Objectives After completing this course, the dental professional should be able to:
-Select patients appropriate for implant therapy
-Effectively plan and present treatment options to patients
-Place implants using a traditional flap and surgical approach
-Place dental implants using 3D imaging and surgical guides with a flapless approach
-Describe and manage restorative techniques for the implant overdenture
-Manage complications and risks associated with implant therapy
-Recognize and describe the surgical anatomy of the edentulous patient
-Communicate the benefits of dental implants to patients
-Understand marketing and financial strategies for putting implant dentistry into a successful practice