Spring Course Example

Lateral and Vertical Bone Augmentation Techniques

This course includes refreshments.

The expectations of our patients concerning perfect aesthetics, functionality, and phonetics, demand a high standard of implant skills. Today, patients also expect to have an immediate restoration after losing their teeth. Although the success rate of 90 to 95 percent is impressive, we should try to avoid the 5 to 10 percent of failures and complications; and the new technique of 3D planning could bring us closer to this goal.

By using a Cone Beam CT (CBCT), the dentist is able to carry out perfect implant planning. Both the position of the implants in the vicinity of anatomical structures and the future prostheses can be planned exactly. To optimize this technique in daily practice, we use different augmentation techniques to achieve bone volume for the perfect implant position.

Course objectives:

  • Learn the fundamentals of lateral ridge augmentation
  • Learn the fundamentals of bone splitting
  • Learn the fundamentals of bone spreading techniques
  • Discuss different locations for bone harvesting procedures
  • Learn the instrument needed for all of these procedures.

In this course, we will discuss the anatomy of the maxillary sinus, using a CT Scan for appropriate diagnosis. Simplified sinus elevation techniques using the Piezo machine will be reviewed.

Days Times Instructor Credits Location Price
Monday, February 6 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ady Palti, DMD 3 CEUs TBD $100


Ski and Learn Metal-Free Prosthodontics: The Power of Zirconia

This course includes refreshments.

Recent developments in the esthetic properties of Dental Zirconia (3YTZP) materials have led to increased usage of this ceramic in place of metal in dental restorations. This presentation will explore the use of Dental Zirconia in tooth and implant-supported crowns and bridges, as well as implant abutments for fixed prostheses. The biomechanical properties of Zirconia allows for the design of restorations with minimal or no veneer of feldspathic ceramic. The role of Zirconia as an alternative to metal will be clinically demonstrated. The technological processes in the production of these restorations will be discussed with special emphasis on the process of digital design and digitally controlled manufacturing.

The expanded use of Dental Zirconia is creating a paradigm shift in esthetic and functional possibilities in fixed prosthodontics.

Course objectives:

  • Gain a renewed understanding of the classification and properties of Dental Ceramics, and particularly Dental Zirconia, as they relate to dental restorations
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the future of Zirconia as an alternative to metal in dental restorations
  • Gain insight into digital restorative technologies
Days Times Instructor Credits Location Price
Saturday, January 14, 2012 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ady Palti, DMD 3 CEUs Stowe Mountain Lodge Vermont $195