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: