In Memory of Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark

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In Memory of Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark

Today millions of men and women can smile with pride thanks to Professor Brånemark − what a legacy. Upon hearing the news of his passing, I felt a great loss both professionally and personally. My sincere condolences go out to the Brånemark family. Although we are saddened, we must celebrate this exceptional man for his innovative mind and his tireless work that forever changed the course of dentistry worldwide. Professor Brånemark literally ushered in the age of “Implant Dentistry” by legitimizing the once maligned therapy through scientific studies that accurately documented the benefits of “Osseointegration” in oral rehabilitation. I first met Professor Brånemark at an oral surgery symposium in Canada in the late 1990’s where he gave a presentation in the morning and I followed with a presentation in the afternoon. I was beyond honored and my wish was to meet Professor Brånemark and get a photograph with him if possible. We briefly shook hands, but nothing more. A few years later, our paths crossed at an author’s dinner hosted by Quintessence publishing. I did not expect Professor Brånemark to remember me, but he did. He asked me and my wife to join him at his table. He said he wanted to make up for not having any time to talk in Canada. And so I learned – not only a brilliant doctor and accomplished researcher, but a true gentleman as well. In short order, he began to quiz my knowledge regarding the science and clinical applications of osseointegration. He corrected me when I used the term “Implant” instead of “fixture” and that implants were synonymous with tissue grafts. I shared with him how osseointegration had allowed me to help so many suffering patients and how this work had profoundly added purpose to my life. I was inspired by both Professor Brånemark’s genius and his humbleness. I believe that his spirit will forever guide those who continue to apply his scientific innovations. His ground-breaking work will live on for generations and for that we are all deeply grateful.

Anthony G. Sclar OMFS

Miami, Florida

 

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2015 Leading Edge Implant Symposium; An Empowering Educational Experience for:

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Specialists, general dentists, dental technicians and auxiliary team members striving to stay at the forefront of the implant dentistry services that today’s patients demand!
As a result of increasing patient awareness and demands for immediate function and esthetic implant procedures, our symposium topics are of great interest and importance to clinicians who desire to stay at the forefront of implant dentistry. Those clinicians who gain the knowledge will be best prepared to experience practice growth by offering the leading-edge procedures learned at this year’s symposium.
Despite the overwhelming success of the 2014 Leading Edge Implant Symposium, The Sclar Center’s educational committee found a way to further improve the educational content and interdisciplinary collaboration for a uniquely empowering educational experience for surgical and restorative specialists, general dentists, dental technicians and auxiliary team members alike. This two day cross disciplinary program will provide a wealth of scientific and clinical information related to all aspects of All-on-4® Treatment Concept for Full Arch Immediate Function and State-of-the-Art Implant Esthetics.

2015 Leading Edge Symposium’s
World Class Cross-Disciplinary Educational Team:
Anthony Sclar DMD, OMFS
Joseph Kan, DMD, MS, Prosthodontist
Juan Diego Cardenas, DDS, CAGS, Prosthodontist
Larry Grillo, DMD, Restorative Dentist,
Rafael Santrich, CDT
Chuck Genco, CDT

Do Not Miss the Opportunity to advance you knowledge at the The 2015 Leading Edge Implant Symposium, at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando, Florida on Saturday and Sunday February 21-22, 2015. This is a delightful time of year in Florida and may be an ideal time to travel with your family. The Grande Lakes Ritz-Carlton is located in the heart of all the Orlando attractions—just minutes away from SeaWorld and the Walt Disney Resorts. It’s also surrounded by 500 acres of lush gardens with bass stocked lakes, a top ranked Greg Norman Golf Course and a 40,000 square foot Spa second to none; there is something for everyone. The resort offers breath taking views and a thoughtful array of amenities with world renowned Ritz hospitality. Come for the education and stay for a vacation at the special conference rate of $269 per night single or double occupancy.

Day 1 Learning Objectives: All-on-4® Full Arch Immediate Loading

• Discuss the scientific and clinical basis, case selection criteria, biomechanical concepts and diagnostically driven clinical, radiologic and model based treatment planning and methods for successful execution for All-on-4® treatment concept full arch immediate loading restorations.
• Comprehend the surgical, prosthetic and laboratory procedures and teamwork required for successful delivery of the All-on-4® full arch immediate provisional prosthesis using direct and indirect denture conversion techniques

• Grasp the steps required for fabrication and delivery of All-on-4® definitive prosthesis including: restorative and lab procedures, bar design, restorative material selection, prosthesis design options and successful occlusal schemes
• Avoid, identify and treat All-on-4® surgical, restorative and laboratory complications.
• Understand the benefits of CT Guided workflow required to minimize complications and successfully deliver CT Guided full arch immediate function

Day 2 Learning Objectives: State-of-the-Art Implant Esthetics

• Perform an esthetic patient evaluation and identify prognostic keys for predictable results and risk factors for esthetic complications
• List the indications, advantages and pitfalls of immediate, delayed and early esthetic implant placement
• Understand the indications and procedures for successful immediate implant placement and provisionalization in the esthetic zone.
• Discuss the indications and procedure details for socket gap management and soft tissue augmentation in the esthetic zone.
• Understand the etiology of Implant gingival recession and efficacy of available treatment solutions
• Fully understand conventional and CT based diagnostically driven esthetic implant treatment planning and surgical execution protocols
• Distinguish between esthetic case scenarios that are amenable to simultaneous implant placement and grafting from those that require pre-implant site development procedures.
• Select and sequence State-of-the-Art surgical and restorative site development procedures as part of interdisciplinary management of single, multiple gap and full arch esthetic implant reconstructions
• Understand restorative soft tissue site development at implant sites using interim restorations; custom healing abutments and esthetic implant provisional restorations.
• Understand the importance of restorative material selection and applications of advanced technologies and techniques to achieve seamless integration of esthetic implant restorations with adjacent virgin and/or restored natural teeth.
• Avoid, identify and treat common to complex esthetic implant complications.

Don’t wait, space is limited (this course sold out last year) and the Early Registration period expires November 1, 2014.We encourage you to make your plans to attend now!

Symposium Director,
Dr. Anthony G. Sclar DMD
Director of Education
Sclar Center for Empowered Dental Implant Learning

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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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