According to the National Institute of Health, there are over 100 million people missing teeth, and the need for implant dentistry is stronger than ever. The number of implants placed in the United States increased ten-fold between 1983 and 2002 and continues to increase every year1. Dental implants are the standard of care today to replace a missing tooth. It is critical for the dental team to be familiar with the dental implant procedures available today. Patients often ask the dental team members questions regarding dental treatment options and post-operative details. It is important to appear confident and up-to-date when talking to our patients regarding dental implants. Knowledge of the current procedures for implants is a must for anyone in the dental field.
Any patient with one or more missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. By becoming knowledgeable about different implant options, dental professionals will be able to help patients make educated decisions regarding their dental needs.
Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS specializes in dental implants, periodontics and integrative nutrition. She graduated from the School of Dentistry of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2001. She continued her studies in the Department of Postgraduate Periodontics at UCLA, concurrent with a Master of Science in Oral Biology. After she completed her postgraduate program in 2004, Dr. Moldovan accepted a lecturer position at UCLA School of Dentistry. Today, she is in private practice and provides dental implant lectures in the Continuing Education Department of the UCLA School of Dentistry. She is a regular on the Doctors TV show on CBS and has appeared on several other TV networks.
Dr. Moldovan is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. She continues to stay involved and up-to-date with the latest research and technology available in her field, such as laser techniques and stem cell bone grafting techniques.
At the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
•Understand the history of dental implants and Dr. Brånemark’s breakthrough discovery of osseointegration.
•Understand the difference between subperiosteal and endosteal designs.
•Distinguish between different dental implant treatment options.
•Relate the value of CT scans as the standard of care prior to implant placement.
•Understand and answer questions on the informed consent.
•Completely understand the surgical protocol.
•Set up for surgery.
•Deliver pre- and post-surgical instructions to the patient.
•Obtain basic information about bone grafting materials and implant advances.
•Understand that implant maintenance is an important part of the treatment.
•Properly sterilize and handle the implant equipment.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.
The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.
Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.
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