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Members: $125 – Non-Members: $150

Admission by ticket only. Attendance is limited.

7:00 – 8:00 am. All sessions run concurrently.


Clinical Pearls of Vertical Augmentation of the Posterior Mandible

Istvan Urban, MD, DMD, PhD

Safety and predictability are the two most important factors of any clinical procedures. Among different regenerative procedures vertical augmentation presents one of the greatest challenges of bone regeneration in implant dentistry. The Modified Lingual Flap was developed on the basis of the detailed knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the floor of the mouth. The effectiveness of this flap technique was recently compared to the “classical” techniques reaching very strong clinical significance when applied in the posterior and the anterior mandible. This presentation will review surgical steps of the modified lingual flap in addition to the principles of advancing the buccal flap and at the same time preventing any damage of the mental nerve.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify the anatomy of the floor of the mouth; 2) identify the steps of membrane fixation; 3) list the steps of modified lingual flap; and 4) explain steps of the protection of the mental nerve.


Bone Augmentation – Failures and Complications

Bach Le, DDS, MD

Complications associated with failed bone augmentation can have a devastating effect on the outcome of treatment. This clinical presentation will focus on how to identify and avoid potential complications before they arise and how to manage many of the common complications that can occur with bone augmentation procedures. Emphasis will be given to risk assessment, classifications of complications, and treatment of challenging failures.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify patient-related risk factors associated with bone augmentation procedures; 2) describe anatomical-related risk factors associated with bone augmentation procedures; and 3) explain the management of complications related to bone augmentation surgery.


Graftless and Graft-less Options for the Posterior Maxilla and Mandible

Rodrigo Neiva, DDS

New treatment, bone instrumentation options, and materials have been introduced to Implant Dentistry in recent years to reduce or eliminate the need for ridge augmentation. The aim of this presentation is to discuss possible advantages and realistic short- and long-term expectations of these new techniques and material.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) provide rationale for osseodensification, including new materials and techniques; 2) recognize enhanced implant designs; and 3) select materials based on material properties and features.


Ceramic Implants: The New Kid on the Block

Wael Att, DDS, DMD, PhD

For more than 40 years, commercially pure titanium or titanium alloy has been the gold standard material for the fabrication of dental implants. Studies investigating clinical outcomes of titanium implants have shown excellent survival rates, However, concerns have been raised about the biocompatibility of titanium. While the current evidence for hypersensitivity or allergy remains very weak, ceramics have been utilized as an alternative implant material, primarily due to the favorable biocompatibility as well as mechanical properties. This presentation will provide an overview of zirconia implants, their advantages and their limitations. In addition, the clinical performance of the zirconia implant-restoration complex will be discussed with the goal to provide clinicians with guidelines regarding the use of such implants in daily practice.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the nature and composition of ceramic implants;  2) describe advantages and limitations of ceramic implants; and 3) record information about current knowledge on the clinical performance of ceramic implants.


A Critical Look at Digital Treatment Protocols and Performance of CAD/CAM

David Guichet, DDS

Traditional methods of designing and creating restorations are being increasingly replaced by digital processes. Software and hardware platforms for surgical guides and restoration design allow for local CAD/CAM production. Although these systems are becoming ubiquitous, their strengths and limitations must be understood. This presentation will take a critical look at the effectiveness of digital workflows including digital treatment planning using multiple datasets, linked digital workflows, guided implant surgery, prototypes and minimally veneered zirconia restorations in the prosthodontics rehabilitation. Results of recent studies on CAD/CAM abutment/restorative accuracy and aesthetic restorative performance will be presented.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) compare digital treatment protocols in contrast to traditional workflows; 2) explain the uses and current limitations of digital restorative design and CAD/CAM production; 3) recognize digital workflows that enhance abutment/restorative fidelity; and 4) explain the difference between open and closed systems and “best in breed.”


Polymer Alternatives to Metal Implant Frameworks

Bill Marais, RDT, DTG

For the first time in my technician’s career, there is a truly new material available for my use in creating dental restorations and prostheses: High Performance Polymers (HPP). Because of its biocompatibility and its ability to mimic nature so well, HPP has been developed for dental use from the polyether ketone material used successfully for decades already inside the human body. I will present my use of, and fabrication of bio-compatible HPP in the oral cavity in place of previously used materials (custom abutments, Maryland Bridge, Full Arch screw-retained bridges/hybrids, long-term temporary bridges, over dentures, dentures, crown & bridge) and I will also share crucial bonding protocols for use with the innovative new dental material.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the use of bio-compatible HPP in the oral cavity in place of previously used materials; 2) explain the use of HPP on screw-retained cases; and 3) apply bonding protocols for use with HPP.


Refining Outcomes With Screw-retained Restorations

Mark Montana, DDS

This program will focus on patient-specific abutments and the simplicity and reliability they bring to the restorative process, while allowing for functional and esthetic results for each individual patient. Specifically, advancements in screw-retained restorations that provide enhanced efficiency to your existing workflow will be discussed. By optimizing access hole location, improvements in health, esthetics, occlusion and material strength are realized. Retrievability allows the clinician to meet the challenges of physiologic change in patients and eventual repair and replacement of functional and esthetic surfaces of the crown. In short, it’s never been easier to make better implant restorations. This lecture presents my private practice perspective and will compare the traditional analog approach of impressing and restoring implants, to the exciting introduction of digital scanning and direct data transfer to the dental laboratory or abutment manufacturer.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) compare the advantages and limitations of both cement and screw-retained options; 2) determine dental implant abutment selection and design, including angulated screw access; and 3) explain the comparative approaches for both analog and digital procedures for implant restoration technology.


Partial Extraction Therapy in the Esthetic Zone

Howard Gluckman, BDS, MChD, PhD

The loss of teeth will lead to resorption of the buccal plate with its resultant need for extensive augmentative procedures (both bone and soft tissue) as well as the risk of poor long-term aesthetic stability. Partial Extraction Therapies (PET) are techniques that allow us to maintain the buccal bone plate and hence prevent the collapse of the alveolar bone creating a platform for ideal soft tissue and bone which is stable in the long term. This is a greater problem in the aesthetic areas. This lecture will take you through the different options with regards to immediate implant placement as well as the most cutting- edge PET in a step by step fashion.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe the socket shield/root membrane technique; 2) explain the root submergence technique; and 3) discuss the pontic shield technique.