10:15 – 11:00 am
The Role and Significance of Using Provisional Restorations or Custom Healing Abutments to Enhance Esthetic Outcomes of Postextraction Socket Implants
Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT
Implant dentistry is continuously evolving offering new and more consistent forms of treatment with minimally invasive protocols. The placement of implants into postextraction sockets with provisional restoration, more commonly known as immediate tooth replacement therapy, in the esthetic zone is now a routine clinical procedure since it saves time and increases patient comfort with little risk to implant survival. Recently, clinical research has supported the claim that better esthetic outcomes are achieved when provisional restorations are fabricated at the time of immediate tooth replacement therapy. This presentation will address current concepts, clinical research, and innovations specifically preformed gingival sleeves or shells in immediate provisional restoration or custom healing abutments, specifically preformed gingival sleeves or shells, and how they can enhance treatment time and esthetic outcomes for greater patient comfort, care, and satisfaction.
11:15 am – noon
L-PRF: Leveraging Biology to Enhance Wound Healing
Homa H. Zadeh, DDS, PhD
Recent advances in regenerative medicine have led to the development of tissue engineering, which is enabled through the convergence of three essential elements of cells, scaffold and signaling molecules. Leukocyte-platelet rich fibrin (L-PRF) is a second generation of platelet concentrate, which contains all three of those elements. Fibrin is a biodegradable, bioactive scaffold, which entraps the leukocytes and platelets, which in turn release a multitude of molecular mediators in a sustained manner. L-PRF has been applied to a variety of regenerative therapies, including soft tissue augmentation, extraction socket grafting, ridge augmentation and maxillary sinus augmentation, with varying degrees of evidence. This presentation will review some of the available evidence on the role of L-PRF to enhance wound healing. Clinical application of L-PRF in various soft tissue and bone augmentation regenerative therapies will be illustrated.
Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants are expected to:
1) Understand the L-PRF protocol, its components and mechanism of action
2) Be familiar with the evidence on the efficacy of L-PRF in various applications
3) Recognize some of the clinical applications of L-PRF in soft tissue and bone augmentation.