The Dental Implant Knowledge Pyramid

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When I left the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1984, I did an internship in hospital dentistry at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, followed by a fellowship there in medical anesthesiology, and a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in 1991.

My decision to focus on dental implant surgery took me on a bumpy journey through several additional postgraduate training courses before I developed the competence and confidence to do the very best possible for every patient. I was frustrated by having to go to one place to learn one thing and then another to learn something else that I should have learned first.

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Developing a Successful Dental Implant Practice Part 1: Advice I Give

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Developing a Successful Dental Implant Practice Part 1: Advice I Give

Students in my surgical training courses often seek my advice about developing a successful dental implant practice.

1. My first advice is to become competent through both didactic knowledge and psychomotor training to perform the clinical procedures that are in the best interest of patients for excellent function and esthetics, and to become confident by implementing this knowledge through a progression of experiences with straightforward implant cases, without complexity or complication, before advancing through more complex type cases. Clinicians should advance knowledge and skills through systematic training and experiences.

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About Dr. Anthony Sclar

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Dr. Anthony G. Sclar is considered a leader around the world in reconstructive and esthetic dental implant surgery. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesiology training at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1989. A diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Sclar maintains an active interdisciplinary referral based dental implant surgery practice in South Miami, Florida. He performs 15-20 advanced and complex implant surgery procedures each week, including hard and soft tissue implant site development and tissue engineering procedures, periodontal plastic procedures, and immediate function procedures for partially and atrophic edentulous patients. He also manages patients presenting with a wide range of implant complications. Dr. Sclar’s patients originate from the Continental U.S., South and Central America, and the Caribbean. They seek out Dr. Sclar not only for his unsurpassed surgical skills but also for his caring and compassionate approach to treatment.

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Developing a Successful Dental Implant Practice Part 2: Attractiveness

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Students in my surgical training courses often seek my advice about developing a successful dental implant practice.

I tell them that beyond developing clinical competence and confidence in interdisciplinary diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment to achieve the best functional and esthetic results for their patients — and beyond developing excellent documentation and digital imagery for communication, they need to develop the trust and satisfaction of their patients and referring colleagues. They need to become an attractive practice that is thought about and talked about in the most positive terms.

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