Dr. Sclar is in South Africa for the International Team for Implantology (ITI) Congress

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Dr. Anthony G. Sclar and Dr. Steven E. Eckert will be presenting the South Africa ITI Congress program titled 60 Years! Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, at Vodacom World, Midrand, Johannesburg on July 26-27, 2013.

The International Team for Implantology (ITI) is a unique network that unites professionals around the world from every field of implant dentistry and related tissue regeneration. As an independent academic association, it actively promotes networking and exchange among its membership. Established in 1980, the ITI has become one of the largest independent academic organizations in implant dentistry and the related field of tissue regeneration.

Dr. Anthony G. Sclar has attended the International Team for Implantology (ITI) Congress multiple times and has been asked to present on numerous occasions. As an ITI Fellow, Education Committee member, Consensus Conference participant, and ITI Treatment Guide contributor, he has been immersed in this invaluable organization and recommends all ITI Congresses as well worth attending.

Friday July 26, 2013
Opening Remarks
(Gerrit Wyma)
Session 1: Current Knowledge
What we know, is the literature credible? (Steve Eckert)
Biology of hard and soft tissue wound healing and grafting (Anthony Sclar)
Session 2: The Healthy Compromised Implant

Risk factors related to esthetic implant complications (Anthony Sclar)
Prosthetic complications: tips and tricks (Steve Eckert)
Session 3: Poster and Case Presentations (competition)
Session 4: Controversial Issues
Prosthetic decisions: where, how many and which materials. Metal vs. ceramic abutments and super-structures, abutment selection, screw vs. cement retained, implants connected to teeth, how many implants are needed? (Steve Eckert)
Does alveolar ridge preservation provide functional and esthetic benefits? (Anthony Sclar)

Saturday July 27, 2013
Session 5: Peri-Implantitis, Current Status

Peri-implantitis: Prevalence, diagnosis and prognosis (Steve Eckert)
Peri-implantitis: Risk factors, clinical and surgical protocols for management (Anthony Sclar)
Session 6: Treatment Planning
“All on 4 or More” Immediate function procedures: Current clinical protocols and literature support (Anthony Sclar)
Digital Prosthetics, ready for prime time? (Steve Eckert)
Session 7: Emerging Technologies
The role of tissue engineering in reconstructive and esthetic implant dentistry (Anthony Sclar)
The future of implant dentistry (Steve Eckert)
Closing Remarks (Paul van Zyl)

 

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Preparation of the Periimplant Soft Tissue Envelope…what every dental implant surgeon should know

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At the Sclar Center for Empowered Dental Implant Learning, my students frequently ask:

How do I know when soft tissue augmentation is indicated around dental implants or at sites with deficient alveolar ridges requiring bone grafting?

How should the procedures be sequenced?

 

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All-on-4® Full Arch Immediate Function Revisited

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Over five years ago, I became highly interested in helping patients who came to me crying because no one was offering them hope of an easy, fully functional solution for their terminal dentitions. Just as heart-tugging were the desires of those who were already suffering from full edentulism.

Many implant surgeons were and many continue to be skeptical about the efficacy of full arch immediate function fixed restorations supported by angled implants, but I decided to learn about them, do them, and stay in conversation with colleagues who were and are doing them.

I am happy to report we are seeing very few complications among our patients, many of whom are now five years post-operative, and these patients are reporting continued high satisfaction with quality of life improvements consistent with that reported in the literature.

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Achieving Successful Bone Grafts

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Achieving predictable results with intra-oral bone grafting and oral soft tissue grafting procedures requires advanced training and experience.

To begin with, the implant surgeon must fully comprehend:

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Peri-Implant Soft Tissue Healing

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In addition to playing a role in the biologic integration of an implant, peri-implant soft tissues play an important role in the vascularization of the bone. Without sufficient peri-implant tissues to supply nutrients, resorption of peri-implant bone and underlying bone grafts occurs. Adequate soft tissues also provide a walling off phenomenon to protect the underlying bone from oral micro-organisms.

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ISTM 2013

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Fifteen years ago, I organized a CE program to provide Instruction in Soft Tissue Management. A hundred seats sold out (to my amazement, as this was my first CE venture). The next year, I repeated the conference for a larger audience and it became known as ISTM. Each February, thereafter. I have presented the ISTM Annual Comprehensive Surgery Course for Novice and Experienced Implant Surgeons

In recent years, the conference has expanded to five days to cover all aspects of dental implant surgery. Today, ISTM stands for the Sclar Center’s comprehensive Implant Surgery Training Course, and we welcome participants from all parts of the world. For 10 years, we have sold out 150 seats and then wait listed hopeful attendees, especially for our hand-on surgical skills workshops. Don’t wait to register.

The purpose of this article is to update you on this year’s program and invite you to attend.

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