Basic Implantology

Nearly all general dentists restore some implants and many would like to place the easier implants, like those in the posterior, single implants (about 70% of them), and those in the anterior without serious esthetic challenges. This series enables general dentists to identify or help create sites with sufficient bone, establish an appropriate treatment plan, place implants optimally for a good prosthetic outcome, and then successfully restore them– while applying established evidence-based surgical and restorative protocols.

After this course, you will be proficient with basic implant placement and restoration of single sites both anterior and posterior.

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KCSI’s Basic Implantology for the General Dentist - Full Program Package Includes:

Basic Implantology for the General Dentist Part 1

Surgical Considerations, Planning and Techniques for Placement of Posterior and Anterior Dental Implants

The first in a series of dental implant instruction courses designed to help you differentiate between easy and hard cases to allow you to begin with the easier ones. Learn how to “build the ridge” for easier future implant cases. The course provides surgical instruction and hands-on model work focusing on the surgical aspect of implant surgery, including planning, implant location, placement and orientation. This course features 2 hours of online instruction, prior to 14 hours of in-person hands-on instruction using lifelike models. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Case Selection, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning
  • CBCT. When would you not need a CBCT?
  • Is the case in your comfort zone?
  • Nature of implant technology. Physics and physiology.
  • Start with the end in mind.
  • Evaluation of hard tissue, soft tissue, other extenuating conditions.
    • Potential complications? Can it be managed or mitigated?
    • If the case is not ideal, can you make it more ideal? Or refer?
  • Recognizing red flags beyond your control that would necessitate referral.
  • Anatomy, patient compliance/management factors.
  • Plan details of the final prosthesis. Lab consult?
  • Placing implants in ideal positions.
    • “Best practice” techniques.
    • Immediate vs. delayed placement (esthetic provisionals covered in Basic Implantology for the General Dentist Part 2).
    • Length and width of implant for molars vs. premolars, optimal emergence profile.
    • Depth of platform, relation to adjacent tooth, angulation.
    • Need for bone grafting at time of implant placement? Is it worth it, or just refer the case?
  • Surgical guides. Easiest systems with which to work.
  • 2-stage vs. 1-stage implant
  • Determination of when you can load implants.
  • Implant evaluation prior to restoration.

*There will be a live webinar for course participants to share cases, further discuss topics covered in the course and interact in a Q&A with the course instructor. The date/time for this live webinar is TBD and all course participants will receive an invitation to this evening webinar.

Basic Implantology for the General Dentist Part 2

Mastering the Latest Restorative Techniques and Protocols

The second course in the series focuses on the latest restorative options and techniques following dental implant placement. Master provisionalization, impressions and fabrication of the final prosthesis. Effectively coordinate with your dental lab and work together to create healthy, functional and aesthetic implant restorations. Determine restorative timeline, evaluation of implant health, and protocols for treatment options for unhealthy bone/tissue. The course emphasis is on maintaining optimum hard and soft-tissue health, minimizing connectivity challenges, coordination with your lab, and maximizing esthetics. This course features 2 hours of online instruction, prior to 14 hours of in-person, hands-on instruction using lifelike models. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Time at which to uncover/restore.
  • Evaluation of implant health and options if not healthy.
    • ISQ, radiographic, visual.
  • Soft/hard tissue techniques on uncovering to maximize bone and attached tissue.
  • Coordination with the lab.
    • Screw vs. cement retained (pros and cons).
    • Impression techniques – conventional and digital, open/closed tray.
    • Abutment types. How to determine and manage.
    • Stock vs. custom abutment.
    • Anticipated occlusal load (along with parafunctional habits), size of the crown, occlusal contacts (centric, lateral excursions), need for night guard.
  • Provisional prostheses – with immediate placement or at uncovering.
    • Esthetic or no need for high esthetics. Emergence contours.
    • How to do in a timely way, staff involvement, lab involvement.

*There will be a live webinar for course participants to share cases, further discuss topics covered in the course and interact in a Q&A with the course instructor. The date/time for this live webinar is TBD and all course participants will receive an invitation to this evening webinar.

Introduction to Surgical Extractions

Introduction to Surgical Extractions (Online) is the lead-in course to many of KCSI’s more advanced surgical instruction programs. Participants in this course can expect to gain a deeper understanding about case selection, patient evaluation, surgical techniques and protocols, preventing and responding to surgical complications, and more. This course equips general dentists to master office dental surgery and to make it easier, more predictable, efficient and more profitable. KCSI recommends this course for all participants in our Basic Implantology for the General Dentist series. We recommend it especially for those who do not feel confident enough in their surgical aptitude/experience to immediately implement the concepts and protocols taught in the dental implant series. This course features 8 hours of online instruction. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Five “Must Have” Surgery Instruments
    • Luxator/Periotome Bur Combination
    • Alternative to the “Surgical Highspeed” when needed
    • Spear Point System
    • Mini-Cryers
    • Cogswell B/Purchase Points
  • Bleeding with Extractions
    • Hemostatic Management, Case Studies, PT
    • Case Studies, Hemostatic Agents, Dental Literature
    • Case Studies, Emergency Protocols, Plavix/Pradaxa vs. Coumadin, Herbal Supplements and Bleeding
  • Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation
    • Introduction
    • Socket Grafts and Periosteal Release
    • Failures, Healing Process, & Grafting Materials
    • Ridge Augmentation & Adjunctive Bone Grafting Supplies
  • Multiple Extractions – Steps to Prevent Patient Pain and Other Problems
    • Introduction
    • Treatment Sequence
    • Alveoplasty Procedure
    • Exostosis
    • Frenectomy
  • Flaps and Sutures for Routine Exodontia
    • Flaps
    • Sutures
  • Extracting Single Rooted Teeth
  • Extracting Difficult Lower Molars
  • Why Do Canine Extractions Have to Be So Difficult?
    • Introduction and General Techniques
    • Bone Removal Considerations
    • Techniques for Root Tip Removal
  • Taking the mystery out of Sectioning Molars

Prerequisites

This course is open to all dentists, however we strongly suggest a working proficiency in basic oral surgery and surgical extractions. Those who would benefit from surgery training are invited to participate in the Introduction to Surgical Extractions course, prior to implementing the instruction provided in this course. If you are purchasing the full Basic Implantology for the General Dentist series, then Introduction to Surgical Extractions will be included with your package. If you are enrolling in each course individually, or only one course in the series, then you will want to enroll in the Introduction to Surgical Extractions course.

Introduction to Surgical Extractions

Instructor: Karl Koerner, DDS, MS

Introduction to Surgical Extractions (Online) is the lead-in course to many of KCSI’s more advanced surgical instruction programs. Participants in this course can expect to gain a deeper understanding about case selection, patient evaluation, surgical techniques and protocols, preventing and responding to surgical complications, and more. This course equips general dentists to master office dental surgery and to make it easier, more predictable, efficient and more profitable. KCSI recommends this course for all participants in our Basic Implantology for the General Dentist series. We recommend it especially for those who do not feel confident enough in their surgical aptitude/experience to immediately implement the concepts and protocols taught in the dental implant series. This course features 8 hours of online instruction. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Five “Must Have” Surgery Instruments
    • Luxator/Periotome Bur Combination
    • Alternative to the “Surgical Highspeed” when needed
    • Spear Point System
    • Mini-Cryers
    • Cogswell B/Purchase Points
  • Bleeding with Extractions
    • Hemostatic Management, Case Studies, PT
    • Case Studies, Hemostatic Agents, Dental Literature
    • Case Studies, Emergency Protocols, Plavix/Pradaxa vs. Coumadin, Herbal Supplements and Bleeding
  • Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation
    • Introduction
    • Socket Grafts and Periosteal Release
    • Failures, Healing Process, & Grafting Materials
    • Ridge Augmentation & Adjunctive Bone Grafting Supplies
  • Multiple Extractions – Steps to Prevent Patient Pain and Other Problems
    • Introduction
    • Treatment Sequence
    • Alveoplasty Procedure
    • Exostosis
    • Frenectomy
  • Flaps and Sutures for Routine Exodontia
    • Flaps
    • Sutures
  • Extracting Single Rooted Teeth
  • Extracting Difficult Lower Molars
  • Why Do Canine Extractions Have to Be So Difficult?
    • Introduction and General Techniques
    • Bone Removal Considerations
    • Techniques for Root Tip Removal
  • Taking the mystery out of Sectioning Molars

Part 1

Instructor: Jeffery Jensen, DDS

Surgical Considerations, Planning and Techniques for Placement of Posterior and Anterior Dental Implants

The first in a series of dental implant instruction courses designed to help you differentiate between easy and hard cases to allow you to begin with the easier ones. Learn how to “build the ridge” for easier future implant cases. The course provides surgical instruction and hands-on model work focusing on the surgical aspect of implant surgery, including planning, implant location, placement and orientation. This course features 2 hours of online instruction, prior to 14 hours of in-person hands-on instruction using lifelike models. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Case Selection, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning
  • CBCT. When would you not need a CBCT?
  • Is the case in your comfort zone?
  • Nature of implant technology. Physics and physiology.
  • Start with the end in mind.
  • Evaluation of hard tissue, soft tissue, other extenuating conditions.
    • Potential complications? Can it be managed or mitigated?
    • If the case is not ideal, can you make it more ideal? Or refer?
  • Recognizing red flags beyond your control that would necessitate referral.
  • Anatomy, patient compliance/management factors.
  • Plan details of the final prosthesis. Lab consult?
  • Placing implants in ideal positions.
    • “Best practice” techniques.
    • Immediate vs. delayed placement (esthetic provisionals covered in Basic Implantology for the General Dentist Part 2).
    • Length and width of implant for molars vs. premolars, optimal emergence profile.
    • Depth of platform, relation to adjacent tooth, angulation.
    • Need for bone grafting at time of implant placement? Is it worth it, or just refer the case?
  • Surgical guides. Easiest systems with which to work.
  • 2-stage vs. 1-stage implant
  • Determination of when you can load implants.
  • Implant evaluation prior to restoration.

*There will be a live webinar for course participants to share cases, further discuss topics covered in the course and interact in a Q&A with the course instructor. The date/time for this live webinar is TBD and all course participants will receive an invitation to this evening webinar.

Part 2

Instructor: Jordan Davis, DDS

Mastering the Latest Restorative Techniques and Protocols

The second course in the series focuses on the latest restorative options and techniques following dental implant placement. Master provisionalization, impressions and fabrication of the final prosthesis. Effectively coordinate with your dental lab and work together to create healthy, functional and aesthetic implant restorations. Determine restorative timeline, evaluation of implant health, and protocols for treatment options for unhealthy bone/tissue. The course emphasis is on maintaining optimum hard and soft-tissue health, minimizing connectivity challenges, coordination with your lab, and maximizing esthetics. This course features 2 hours of online instruction, prior to 14 hours of in-person, hands-on instruction using lifelike models. The course focuses on these topics:

  • Time at which to uncover/restore.
  • Evaluation of implant health and options if not healthy.
    • ISQ, radiographic, visual.
  • Soft/hard tissue techniques on uncovering to maximize bone and attached tissue.
  • Coordination with the lab.
    • Screw vs. cement retained (pros and cons).
    • Impression techniques – conventional and digital, open/closed tray.
    • Abutment types. How to determine and manage.
    • Stock vs. custom abutment.
    • Anticipated occlusal load (along with parafunctional habits), size of the crown, occlusal contacts (centric, lateral excursions), need for night guard.
  • Provisional prostheses – with immediate placement or at uncovering.
    • Esthetic or no need for high esthetics. Emergence contours.
    • How to do in a timely way, staff involvement, lab involvement.

*There will be a live webinar for course participants to share cases, further discuss topics covered in the course and interact in a Q&A with the course instructor. The date/time for this live webinar is TBD and all course participants will receive an invitation to this evening webinar.

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