In Demand: The IDR Protocol

Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 0 comments

In Demand: The IDR Protocol

At our ISTM 2013 comprehensive implant surgery training meeting (Feb. 1-5, 2013), we will devote the first afternoon Regenerative Technologies Forum to learning about the relatively new Immediate Dentoalveolar Restoration (IDR) protocol. Presenting on this topic will be the three Brazilian clinicians and researchers who developed the protocol. They are in demand worldwide as speakers so we are honored to have them join us at our fifteenth annual training meeting on Miami Beach. Until recently, tooth replacement at compromised sites in the...

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Avoid Dental Implant Complications with Cone Beam-CT Technology

Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 5 comments

I believe Cone Beam-CT technology and treatment planning software have the greatest potential for helping doctors avoid or reduce the frequency of implant complications. Our in office I-Cat cone beam CT (Imaging Sciences International) scanner allows us to evaluate the patient’s anatomy in 3D and accurately identify the location and course of vital structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve. In addition, dental pathology not seen on plain films occasionally becomes readily apparent with this technology. When combined with a scan guide...

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Treating Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 2 comments

With greater awareness of the tremendous benefits that dental implant therapy provides, an increasing number of general practitioners and specialists are now providing surgical and restorative implant care. With the increasing number of patients receiving dental implant care, we are seeing an increased number of avoidable complications. In order minimize the number of avoidable complications, it is imperative that dental professionals who want to provide implant care qualify themselves by obtaining additional education and experience specific...

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Do you need to increase your focus on surgical soft tissue management and grafting?

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 4 comments

Do you need to increase your focus on surgical soft tissue management and grafting?

Establishing an adequate band of attached tissues, to resist mechanical and biologic challenges, is so critical that a primary educational focus of dental implant surgeons has become learning surgical techniques for the management of peri-implant tissues for predictable, best results. THE REASONS There are three reasons why dental implant surgeons need a well-developed knowledge base and skills in the area of surgical soft tissue management and grafting. 1) In order to be functionally successful, a dental implant must integrate with healthy...

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Why Clinicians Come to the Sclar Center

Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Why Clinicians Come to the Sclar Center

There are two basic groups of clinicians who come to the Sclar Center. Specialists come to learn more advanced surgical procedures and how to diagnosis, plan, and treat more advanced cases. If they have a lot of experience in dental implant surgery, they often come to fill in voids in their previous dental implant surgery training in the areas of soft tissue and hard tissue dental implant site development, advanced soft tissue esthetics and periodontal plastic surgery, immediate function procedures with dental implants, tissue engineering...

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Developing a Successful Dental Implant Practice Part 3: Distinguish Yourself

Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 2 comments

Marketing gurus in our profession frequently tell us practice marketing begins with communicating our value proposition. If we are new in practice or shifting focus, they frequently tell us to envision what we want our practice to be like and set goals for ourselves that will develop our value and set us apart. What are important distinguishers for a thriving implant dentistry practice? This is a question that comes up regularly in our dental implant surgery training classes at the Sclar Center. I thought about this some more today, as the...

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The Dental Implant Knowledge Pyramid

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 2 comments

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...

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

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles | 0 comments

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....

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Developing a Successful Dental Implant Practice Part 2: Attractiveness

Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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