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Thursday Mar 14

Thursday Morning

Keystone Dental Corporate Forum

10:15 – 11:00 am

Immediate Molar Implants: New Surgical and Restorative Protocols for Predictable Success

Richard B. Smith, DDS

Immediate placement of molar implants has been gaining in popularity as an accepted procedure.  However, until now, there has been no evidence-based protocol for either the surgical or the restorative aspects of this treatment.  Placing implants into wide sockets requires an entirely different approach than single-rooted tooth sockets. The molar-specific wide-body implant provides a game-changing solution to this challenge.  Further, new research shows that molar implant placement affects the health of adjacent teeth and we need to reconsider our treatment options.  Updated treatment protocols will be presented based upon existing literature, biologic rationale, and the newly acquired research data. The implications of these new protocols are far-reaching and should affect the way we all practice.  Concepts that will be examined include:  extraction techniques, socket classification, immediate versus delayed placement, to graft the socket or not, tooth-implant space distribution strategies, how to manage “the gap” and immediate provisionalization.   The immediate molar implant can be an easy, predictable, efficient procedure that will prove to be a real practice-builder for any clinician.

11:15 am – noon

The Power of Digital Implant Dentistry: The Future is NOW!

Mariano A. Polack, DDS, MS

The digital dental revolution has been around for some time, but it has only recently become a major focus in implant dentistry. The conjunction of high-quality scanners, low-cost 3D printers, open software, and indication specific implants place the dental team in a unique position to control all aspects of implant therapy.  This exciting presentation will demonstrate how clinicians can successfully incorporate digital techniques including intraoral scanning, 3D printing, guided surgery, and CAD/CAM design to increase efficiency, lower costs, improve esthetics and provide more effective and predictable implant dentistry.

Upon completion of this presentation participants should be able to:

  • Understand how the combination of digital technology and indication specific implants can simplify preoperative planning, guided surgery and enhance the predictability of the restorative plan
  • Describe how low cost or free software and 3D printing can aid all aspects of implant dentistry.
  • Identify practical intraoral scanning and 3D printing applications in their practices to improve teamwork communication and clinical results.