Digital Implant Dentistry

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HANS-PETER WEBER, D.M.D., DR. MED. DENT., Professor and Chair, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

GERMAN GALUCCI, D.M.D., DR. MED. DENT. Doctorate in dental medicine from the Department of Prosthodontics in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Director of the Advanced Graduate Implant Dentistry Program in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

DR. JACINTO CANO PEYRÓ, D.D.S. Instructor in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

This highly interactive course on digital implant dentistry will give an overview of digital diagnosis and treatment planning, conventional versus guided implant surgery, digital impressions as well as CAD/CAM design and manufacture of implant supported prostheses. Today’s technologies allow the clinician to treatment plan implant cases virtually by incorporating a patient’s CBTC scan images into planning software. Implants are then placed virtually, taking into consideration the anatomical conditions of possible implant sites (bone height, width, density, critical structures such as nerves and sinuses, pathology) as well as prosthodontic ramifications of implant positioning. Once a plan is created it can be communicated with all members of the dental implant team. The plan then serves as a blueprint for the fabrication of surgical guides that allow exact implant placement.

The hands-on portion of this program will incorporate sample patient CBTC scans to allow each participant to experience the process of designing a treatment plan, to practice implant placement in a customized model using the resulting surgical guides.

Learning objectives:

  • Plan a dental implant treatment using 3D imaging and treatment planning software
  • Perform guided implant surgery on a model
  • Understand how to make a digital impression for dental implants
  • Order a CAD/CAM designed and manufactured implant restoration and evaluate it

This course is supported in part by Straumann