Expanded Dental Implant Treatment Options Through Technology

Category: Implantology and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery
Author(s): David Feinerman, DMD, MD
Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dentists
Course Topic: Implantology
Cost: $29.00
ADA Credits: 2
AGD Credits: 2

Treatments with dental implants and the technologies behind them have developed considerably since the introduction of endosseous root-form standard diameter implants. These advancements include less invasive surgery and simpler treatment options for overdentures, single crowns and fixed prostheses. This has revolutionized the treatment options clinicians can provide to patients and the functionality that patients can obtain.

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the reader with information on considerations and challenges in implant treatment planning and on the role of technologies in increasing implant treatment options. On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Review the development of dental implants

2. Describe the challenges clinicians face in treatment planning implant cases

3. List and describe technologies and options for overcoming treatment planning challenges

4. Describe the types of surface coatings used for implants and their impact on healing and osseointegration

5. Review the role of narrow-diameter implants, materials and treatment outcomes.


Endosseous root-form dental implants were introduced approximately four decades ago. Since then, implant treatment has evolved into a predictable therapy with high implant survival and success rates as well as high success rates for implant-supported and implant-retained restorations and prostheses. However, clinicians face many challenges when treatment planning cases, including anatomical constraints, patient needs, expectations, and acceptance of implant treatment. Technological advances since the first standard diameter implants became available have included the development of wide-diameter, short and narrowdiameter implants as well as the availability of implants with sophisticated rough-surface coatings. These options help to address clinical challenges faced during treatment planning and therapy with implants, can reduce the invasiveness and length of treatment, and can increase case acceptance.

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