(605) Course Description

Implant Dentistry, like any specialized area of dentistry, carries with it the possibility of having a less-than-desired result. Whether it be that the bone density was not sufficient to allow for supportive osseointergration of an implant or that bone starts to recede away from the neck of the implant during healing. Perhaps a very successful implant of many years becomes a “crippled implant” because an abutment screw fractured or the implant itself fractures allowing for crown movement. This course will cover the pre-operative evaluation of compromised bone, the treatment of simple to complex cases, and the handling of post-operative successful implants that develop “problems that need attention".


Course Topics

The Digging Out Of Problems Course covers a broad simplification of Course Topics, Course Objectives, and Hands-on Participation. Below are a few of the Topics: 

  • Handling Loose & Broken Screws
  • Removing an implant with minimal bone loss
  • When and how to charge for implant failure
  • Which tissue barriers to use in implant repair
  • Identifying failed implants that cannot be repaired
  • Which bone grafting materials to use in implant repair
  • When to remove an implant that has lost bone support
  • When to remove a compromised tooth and replace with an implant
  • When to do socket preservation with immediate implant placement


Course Objectives

With in this (605) Digging Out of Problems Course there are many objectives, some are listed below: 

    • Identify and prevent problems before they occur
    • Recognize implants (all implant manufacturers) that come to your office with a potential problem
    • Interpret the difference between an “ailing" and "failing" implant
    • Recognize the difference between “mucositis” and “peri-implantitis”
    • Distinguish how to recognize and treat a problem during the healing period of osseointegration
    • Learn the different modalities available to prolong the life of a compromised implant
    • Identify grafting materials that have proven to work the best in 1-2-3 screw threads with bone loss
    • Develop solid treatment planning and consultation for broken or compromised implants
    • Learn implant removal with bone preservation and when to immediately place another larger implant or to graft and let heal

Course Instructors

        • Dr. Alfred "Duke" Heller
        • Dr. Robert Heller
        • Dr. Thomas Bilski
        • Ms. Karen Fairhurst

Hotel Registration

A spacious guest room with granite countertops, soft earth tones and rich dark woods awaits your arrival at Hilton Columbus/Polaris. Stay comfortable with a 55-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator and complimentary WiFi. Their convenient location and complimentary shuttle within a 5-mile radius make it easy to get to Columbus attractions and the airport (24 hours advance notice is requested). Take time for the Papillon Day Spa, fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. The Hilton Columbus/Polaris extends an exclusive offer for The Midwest Implant Institute Registrants. For MII registration, visit The Hilton Columbus/Polaris website here!

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental
professionals in identifying quality provdiers of continuing dental education.
ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors,
nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
2 day CE CREDITS: 15 (lecture CE: 15)

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