Noon – 12:45 pm
Nature Versus Titanium: Can the Natural Tooth Compete?
Azim Malik, BDS
The art of dentistry is not in replacing but in saving teeth. Biological and technological developments have certainly increased the number of implants being placed worldwide but has it improved predictability? Are implants superior to natural dentition? These are some of the questions we must ask ourselves as clinicians before presenting treatment options. This lecture will highlight the merits of both conventional prosthesis and alternative treatment modalities such as periodontal surgeries in salvaging natural dentition. It will compare long-term outcomes of implants and conventional prosthodontics to enable clinicians to diversify treatment options.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) evaluate the risks and benefits of conventional and implant prosthesis; 2) discuss alternate treatment modalities to salvage natural dentition; and 3) enable clinicians to make balanced decisions based on long-term evidence and clinical data.
12:45 – 1:30 pm
The Bio-Digital Prosthetic Abutment Protocol
Hazem Mostafa Torki, BDS, MSC
In the past decade, effort was made to find the best treatment for immediate implant placement and dealing with extraction sockets. Many protocols have been proposed. Ridge preservation, custom healing abutments, immediate loading are all examples. These protocols involved multiple steps, waste of material. In our protocol, we have provided a method to utilize a custom zirconia healing abutment as a definitive abutment. A digital solution based on biology. We will be talking about factors that should be taken into consideration, from implant-abutment design to the design of the final prosthetic abutment.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe the role of biological principles in abutment selection; 2) explain the implant-abutment junction and its role in marginal bone stability; and 3) evaluate different methods for immediate temporization.