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We hope to see you in 2022!

When 2022 topics are determined, we will update the schedule.

Restorative Dentistry Course
January 26-29, 2021

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 am
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Develop Your Implant Team;Surgical and Restorative Considerations  to Maximize Treatment Outcomes
Drs. Brent Ludens and Kirk Fridrich

Implant dentistry still requires the use of multiple team members, and requires the team to work closely together to ensure a streamlined process that leads to predictable results.  Drs. Fridrich and Ludens will share their collaborative efforts over the last 25 plus years for their own successful team approach to implant dentistry.  Using their shared cases, they will discuss the planning, surgical, and restorative process along for both straightforward and more challenging implant patients, so that each attendee can learn and understand the factors that lead to success or failure.  CBCT interpretation and analysis, treatment planning and surgical guide fabrication in the digital and non-digital realm, pre-prosthetic techniques to provide an acceptable implant site, along with precise implant placement and restoration all come together to create a long-lasting successful restoration for the implant patient.  Overdentures, fixed detachable hybrid prostheses, single, multiple, and full arch cases will be discussed and presented. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Highlight the role of the intraoral scanner in the general practice environment
  • Demonstrate the integration of intraoral scan data with CBCT data to assist in prosthetically driven implant planning
  • Complete 3Shape Trios digital impressions, along with static and dynamic occlusal registration
  • Experience diagnostic apps, such as Patient Monitoring

6:00 pm ​
Course Reception - Cucina Restaurant 
Course participants and families welcome

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 am
Successful Implant Restorations From Start to Finish - A Series of Fortunate Events   
Dr. Brent Ludens

Using real case studies, this detailed program will look at patients from initial patient visit through the final restoration and beyond. Every step leads to eventual success or failure. Each step along the way will be discussed highlighting those areas where even the smallest decision can affect the final outcome. Treatment planning using both 2D and 3D data still allows us to place an implant in a non-ideal location if we don’t understand the final goal or the possible errors that get built into each planning step. Evaluation of the implant site and failing to recognize when there is inadequate hard and soft tissue guarantees a less than perfect result. Communication with the implant surgeon is critical and the entire team needs to understand the goals for surgical and restorative treatment. Guided and non-guided surgical techniques both lead to errors if not planned, or fabricated, or used correctly. Provisionalization and management of soft tissue is almost entirely in the hands of the restorative dentist (or should be). Immediate temporization and delayed temporization, using lab-fabricated, chair side-fabricated, or now using digital fabrication can yield excellent soft tissue outcomes…or create issues. Laboratory communication in the digital age allows us to give the laboratory technician much more detail to produce a predictable result. A step by step approach at the try-in of the final crown, if not done correctly, can increase the chance of complications, and a rationale for implant occlusion in the mixed dentition will be discussed. Follow-up and implant maintenance is also critical, but is it being misapplied, i.e., where and when should we probe around an implant restoration? All of these issues can affect the final outcome and Dr. Ludens will discuss in detail the decisions that must be made in order to ensure success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Learn tools and tips for implant planning in a 2D and 3D environment
  • Learn where and when pre-implant or pre-prosthetic surgery is indicated
  • Learn how to fabricate meaningful and accurate surgical guides - using both guided and conventional surgical guides
  • See how the provisional restoration develops and maintains soft tissue in both immediate and delayed scenarios
  • Develop better communication between the restorative dentist and the lab - simple presentations software tips...a picture is indeed worth a thousand words
  • Attendees will learn about occlusion in a patient with mixed implant: natural dentition, applying these principles at the insertion of the final restoration.
  • Dentists and staff will be able to develop an implant maintenance program for their implant patients.​

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Implant Restorations - Delayed and Immediate Implant Placement, Delayed and Immediate Temporization
Dr. Brent Ludens

Building on the topics discussed in the morning session. In this very interactive format, attendees will help treatment plan a variety of patient scenarios. Is the tooth already missing? Or is the tooth still present but hopeless? Treatment panning, execution and outcomes of these scenarios will be discussed. The “typical” and maybe some “not-so typical” trauma cases in the anterior maxilla will be presented within this context as well. A thorough explanation of soft tissue management for each patient presented will be presented, in preparation for the hands-on session the following day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn how to manage the delayed implant placement patient
  • Attendees will learn how to manage the delayed implant placement patient with immediate implant restorations
  • Extraction alone - now what?
  • Attendees will learn how to manage the immediate implant placement patient
  • Attendees will learn how to manage the immediate implant placement patient with immediate implant restorations
Thursday, January 28, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 am
Hands-on Session
Drs. Brent Ludens and David Gratton​

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Hands-on Session
Drs. Brent Ludens and David Gratton

For Thursday’s sessions the course attendees will divide into two groups to allow for maximum direct participation. Two hands-on sessions will run simultaneously in the morning and then the same two sessions will repeat again in the afternoon with each group rotating through both sessions once.

Hands-on Session A

Advanced Implant Impressions and Interim Restoration Fabrication

Attendees will fabricate their own implant interim restorations on an actual patient model, with guided instruction and feedback along the way. A brief lecture will be presented and the attendees will execute that step. This process will be repeated until the restoration is completed, giving each participant time to understand and comprehend the entire process. A custom impression coping will also be fabricated. Impression techniques for implants and how these techniques are different than impressions of natural teeth will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Fabricate an implant-supported interim restoration with individualized feedback
  • Fabricate a custom impression coping with individualized feedback
  • Describe various impression techniques
  • Immediately implement these techniques into clinical practice

Hands-On Session B

Digital Implant Surgical Guide Design and Digital Impression Technique

Attendees will apply a digital workflow for the fusion of CBCT data with intraoral scan data for implant placement planning and surgical guide fabrication. Actual patient data will be provided for the attendees to experience coDiagnostiX implant planning software, designing their own guide, and ultimately exporting for 3D printing. A master implant impression will be made using the Trios scanners and implant scan flags.

Learning Objectives:

  • Fuse CBCT data and IOS data in implant planning software
  • Design and print a single tooth implant surgical guide
  • Complete a digital implant master impression
  • Realize effectiveness of digital workflows
Friday, January 29, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 am
The Prescription Opioid Crisis: Impact on Dental Pain Management
Prof. Karen Baker

Over promotion and over prescribing of opioids has contributed to the current public health emergency we face in the U.S.. Dentists write less than 6% of acute use opioid prescriptions but generally prescribe very few tablets per prescription. To what extent are we contributing to the development of opioid Substance Use Disorders and how can we modify our prescribing behaviors to minimize patient risk? We will outline specific strategies designed to identify the safety of prescribing opioids based on individual patient characteristics. Patient education on safe pain relief will also be reviewed. Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this vitally important information.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the extent of the opioid abuse problem in the U.S. and in your state,
  • Recognize the role of the dentist in contributing to the current public health emergency,
  • Explain the relative pain relief effectiveness of non-opioid and opioid agents in acute pain, and
  • Discuss the benefits and risks of specific pain control regimens for effective dental analgesia.

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Nutraceuticals and Oral Health: Help or Hype?
Prof. Karen Baker

The resurgence of alternative medicine and cannabis-related products has produced confusion and conflict among dental professionals and patients alike.  During this program, we will discuss the dental treatment impact of popular systemic supplements as well as the effectiveness of nutraceutical products promoted for treatment of oral diseases such as caries, mucositis, gingivitis and periodontitis.  We will conclude by discussing reliable information sources and step-wise strategies for evaluating and managing patients using or considering the use of nutraceutical oral health products.  A practical and detailed handout will be provided to allow participants to apply this information to their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Buy and use a science-based nutraceutical reference and recommend information sources for patients,
  • Recognize the dental impact of common systemic and topical nutraceutical products,
  • Select specific nutraceutical oral health products with reasonable claims and safe ingredients, and
  • Evaluate and rate the effectiveness of nutraceutical products for microbial and non-microbial mucositis, caries, gingivitis and periodontitis.


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CEU verification will be provided (by email following the program) only for those individuals completing sign in sheets at each session. Credit will be appropriately adjusted for those individuals who do not attend the entire program. All attendees are encouraged to sign in at every session they attend as this will ensure that a letter documenting appropriate attendance will be sent 4 to 6 weeks following the program. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry designates this activity for 16 hours continuing education credit (16 CEU).

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brenda Colbert in advance at 319-335-6994.

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