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Restore Eligible Patients in a Day with FlatOne® Abutment System

Written by DTC Miami

FlatOne® Abutment is a dental procedure like no other because it gives the patient the opportunity to have new teeth instantly. It allows for immediate loading of dental implants in patients who suffer toothlessness. According to a study by the Poseido Journal, using the Fisher’s Exact test resulted in a 95.8% success and survival implant rate for the procedure FlatOne® Abutment (1).  Clearly, the science behind FlatOne® Abutment works for effectively restoring patients.

FlatOne® Abutment is a dental procedure that allows dentists to save time and patients to save money. It reduces chairside-time and laboratory costs. This procedure is not like a hybrid denture or bridges over crowns.

FlatOne® Abutment has a flat occlusal table precisely matches with the cylinders in the prosthetic framework ensuring that the load of the restoration is supported by a wide, flat platform (2). Another study discussed in Dentistry Today, confirms the efficacy of FlatOne® abutment because the patient follow-up was 5 years with successful results (3). Evidently, the science and success rate supporting this procedure is phenomenal. Therefore, dentists should be learning about how FlatOne® Abutment works and if it is the right choice for your patients. The success rates of implants is incrementing which makes it crucial to learn innovative techniques such as FlatOne® Abutment.

For this reason, we offer the course FlatOne Abutment (Full Arch Fixed Reconstruction), so that dentist can learn how to implement this technique in their practice. Our instructors Dr. Juan Buitrago and Dr. Lester Gil inform dentists of the types of patients that are eligible, how to plan for this procedure, and how to deliver the case in a short period of time. The FlatOne® Abutment system was developed by Intra-Lock International over the years and is a simple, yet predictable procedure. We will have guest speaker Dr. Thierry Giorno, CEO and Director of Research and Development from Intra-Lock International directly discuss the FlatOne® Abutment system with our attendees. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

 

Created 04/13/2018

Sinus Lift

Written by DTC Miami

Many patients arrive with an atrophic maxilla to your dental office. Many complex and diverse cases appear throughout a dentist’s career making it crucial to know exactly what the aspects are of the case and what are the options for the patient. A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation is type of oral surgery to help stabilize implants where there is no bone. The two important anatomical parts of a sinus lift are the upper jaw and sinus cavity. Some of the reasons dentists may offer the option of a sinus lift are:

  • Missing teeth in the upper jaw (atrophic maxilla)

  • Lack of bone in the upper jaw

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.”(1).  Evidently, dentists not only need to know about implantology, but also know the condition of the osseous tissue. While sinus lift can be explained with relative ease, it cannot be done without proper understanding, practicing and mentoring. Understanding how to use dental equipment for this procedure is important for proper implementation. Sinus lift is not without risk. Many different complications could occur, but our team can show you how to minimize risk factors. It is crucial that dentists know what allergies their patients have, whether they have any respiratory problems, and the appropriate medications to use when opting for this procedure to avoid infection and reduce inflammation. Dentists want to be confident and comfortable in performing this surgical procedure because you do not want to damage the patient’s tissue or nerves. Nonetheless, Perio-Implant Advisory informs, “…sinus lifting has been shown to be very predictable with success rates greater than 90%…”(2).  Clearly, success rates are very high. Being able to successfully and safely perform sinus lift will help you provide the best smile to your patient. The American Academy of Periodontology states, “Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus floor and allow for new bone to form.”(3). As a dentist, the more techniques you know about, the better. Not only for the purpose of providing your patient with the option, but also for the purpose of restorations. While the American Academy of Periodontology informs that “…the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed.”, dentists must follow up on the recovery and restoration of their patient (4).  Based on this information, we offer a course specifically for sinus lifting and advanced bone grafting because we want our participants to be leading dentists with the best techniques in implantology.

Created 04/9/2018

Bone Grafting

Written by DTC Miami

Being familiar with dental implants and implant placements means you should also be familiar with bone grafting. Bone grafting in dentistry is an important skill to know. As you know some patients come in with little to no bone due to the tooth loss making it difficult to restore the missing tooth with an implant. Bone grafting is the solution to this challenge. According to the Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences, “Bone grafts are used as a filler and scaffold to facilitate bone formation and promote wound healing.”(1). Bone grafting is an important technique to be cognizant of. Whether you are performing the bone grafting or discussing it with another peer, it is crucial to understand for the care of your patient. Some bone grafting procedures are preventive and others are restorative. For example, ridge preservation with a tooth socket graft preserves and prevents bone loss. Another common example is block cortical graft procedures to widen bony ridges where bone loss has already occurred.

 

Bone grafting replaces missing bone with materials from patient’s own body, an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute (2). Bone grafting is an excellent procedure for bone restoration in the jaw, but there are also many precautionary aspects to bone grafting. Reviewing the medications your patient is taking to the patients state of mind are all crucial aspects before offering this procedure to patients.

Nonetheless, there are many benefits to bone grafting.

According to ToothIQ, the benefits are:

  • preserves or restores bone volume for a more natural tooth look

  • stabilizes implant

  • allows placement of implants

Without bone grafting none of these benefits could be given to the patient.

Some of the disadvantages are risk of nerve injury, the use of anaesthetic, and infection amongst others. Due to these disadvantages of risk, dentists must obtain the best educational experience when learning about bone grafting. It is important that the dentist be able to participate in hands-on activities to better learn the technique and best avoid the disadvantages. As well as having the opportunity to ask the instructor all questions regarding the procedure. While bone grafting is a great solution to tooth loss in dental implantology, it is important to know when this is the best solution for your patient. Overall, bone grafting is an important concept to learn about and an important procedure to get your hands on.

Created 04/2/2018

Why General Dentists must know Implants?

Written by DTC Miami

Being knowledgeable and having the skill set regarding implantology is crucial in today’s dental field. With all the advancements occurring, it is vital to comprehend implantology, and maintain yourself cultivated in the field of implantology. As a professional in the scientific field, dentists face the never-ending innovations of dentistry. For instance, dentistry is not the same as it was two decades ago. According to an article from Dentistryiq, “The global dental equipment market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.7% between 2014 and 2019…” (1). Dentists all over the globe will be partaking in technological advancements, but they must be experts in using the new available equipments. Due to these rapid innovations, dentists must remain up-to-date to maintain standard of care, professional development, and preserve private practice success. Besides the technological importance in implantology, why should dentists comprehend implants? It is understandable if some dentists do not want to do oral surgery procedures, however, they must be erudite in implantology in order to restore patients. Every dentist has their preference on how they work and what they work with. Nonetheless, imagine a patient comes into your office who needs restoration on their implants, you don’t want to have to refer them over to the next door office who does oral surgery and implantology. You can be the dentist who restores the patient. In an article from Dental Economics, Louis Malcmacher, DDS, MAGD, states that “every dentist can and should be an implant dentist….Don’t let [anything]… hold you back from pursuing training.”(2). For this very reason, DTC Miami offers courses regarding implantology and oral surgery. According to Dr. Gian-Grasso, president of the Academy of Osseointegration, “Implant company projections indicate that by 2017… 60% of implants will be placed by generalists and 40% will be placed by specialists.” (3). Therefore, it is important to get adequate education regarding implantology. More and more general dentists are placing implants. Since that is the case, general dentists must get a solid and well-founded education about implants, implantology, oral surgery and implant systems. Even if a dentist does not want to perform the complex procedures of oral surgery, the dentist will want to be aware and well-informed about implants in order to restore the patient. Both the general dentist and the oral surgeon need to be able to communicate effectively to address the patient’s needs and wants.

All in all, dentists should seek a learning experience about implantology for their professional development, the patients’ standard of care, the communication amongst their peers and because of the rapid growth of implants in dentistry.  

 Created 03/26/2018

The Best 6 Days of the Year for Dentists

Written by DTC Miami

DTC Miami courses are usually taught during the weekend in order to prevent interrupting dentists in their daily practice. The intensive course of oral implantology is 6 days long because dentists from other countries travel to participate.  However, this course is also offered to Florida licensed dentist as an opportunity to obtain CE credits.

Since we have a strong rapport with our dentists, we take into consideration travelling expenses. This course is a great opportunity to network with dentists from all over the world. We offer the course itinerary under our courses tab, but today we want to discuss the experience of the course. We want our participants to feel confident in participating in this course.

The Experience

DTC Miami wants to ensure all our attendees are excited, attentive and satisfied. Before the instructors begin lecturing, we offer a variety of breakfast foods. We want our participants to embrace the Miami atmosphere, so we provide cuban coffee and cafe con leche. After coffee and breakfast, our instructors Dr. Buitrago and Dr. Gil begin introducing nomenclature and anatomical points of reference. We want all our dentists to familiarize themselves and feel comfortable with the terminology. The lecture further discusses concepts of oseo-integration and types of bone used for oral implantology. After lecturing, dentists have the opportunity to observe a live surgery. Everyday for 6 days dentists get to observe a live surgery. DTC Miami uses several learning styles. We use visual, aural, verbal and social learning styles. Our instructors use clinical cases to teach our participants about oral implantology and further in the course, the complexities of oral implantology.  Besides, observing a live surgery, every single day of the course we offer a hands-on portion. We want our dentists to start understanding all the concepts associated with oral implantology. This course covers topics from A to Z in the oral implantology field. We offer all the hands-on materials and provide individualized attention when participating in this activity. The hands-on activities are done according to the topic that was taught for the day. For dentists, licensed in Florida they have the opportunity to perform a surgical part with the assistance of one of our instructors. The 6 day course is the perfect opportunity to perfect your understanding of theory and your skills in everyday practice.

Created 03/19/2018

L-PRF, Regenerative Medicine

Written by DTC Miami

Imagine you sit your patient down, draw blood, and from that blood create gummy tissue to restore the bone in their dental gums. L-PRF stands for leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin.  L-PRF is the most regenerative concept in medicine to facilitate osseo-integration with implants. According to POSEIDO and other publications, it is one of the 4 families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. Your standard of care is top-tier when you offer this regenerative and holistic form of healing. It is crucial that your dental staff understand the concepts of L-PRF for the flourishing of your practice. Not only is offering L-PRF as a form of healing important for the practice’s standard of care, but also because your patients will have questions and all your staff should be equipt to answer them. According to a study from POSEIDO, there are 4 different centrifuges, only one is FDA cleared and approved. Dentists and dental assistants need to learn the concepts of L-PRF as well as how to safely use the technology associated with it.

At DTC Miami, we want our participants to learn and understand the L-PRF concepts as well as experience hands-on and live interaction. Our instructors teach L-PRF by discussing clinical case presentations, so that participants can easily grasp concepts through real-life examples. DTC Miami provides participants materials for our courses. Participants get first hand experience using the FDA approved centrifuge. General dentists and dental assistants can attend this course. We offer courses specific to Florida licensed dentists and courses specific to dental assistants because each course is different. Dental assistants are taught to understand the protocols associated with L-PRF and how to produce the different by-products from blood such as membranes and plugs. The dentist-only course will teach all applications of L-PRF, the different bio-products, and surgical procedures associated with it. Dentists will learn about how it can be used in every single case for the benefit of the patient.

Created 03/12/2018

Why Dentist should do CDE Courses

Written by DTC Miami

The dental field is always transitioning into newer and more advanced technologies and procedures. Considering the constant advances in the dental field, one aspect of a dentists’ career is staying up-to-date with the latests technologies. Continuing education courses are one of the best ways that dentist can learn, improve, practice, and perfect the skills and techniques they have. What are the pros and cons of participating in continuing dental education courses?

PROS CONS

  • Professional Growth Time

  • Knowledge Acquired   Costs

  • Pacing Yourself

  • Support and Guidance

  • Networking

  • Teamwork skills

  • Staying Informed

  • Confidence in Your Own Practice


As you can see, the pros exceed the cons because like with many professions, once you start to learn, the learning never stops as knowledge is always increasing.


Professional Growth and Confidence in Your Own Practice

Besides the fact that for many dentists, continuing dental education is required for license renewal, it also helps dentist grow professionally and obtain more confidence in their own practice. How?

We must first understand what professional growth is in the field of dentistry. Professional growth can be defined in many different ways by many different professionals in many different fields. However, in the field of dentistry, professional growth is about being the best dentist you can to reach your professional goals and aspirations. Many aspects play in the importance of professional growth such as patient care and patient treatments.

Continuing dental education courses help shape and build professional growth through the inclusion of hands-on, new concepts, new technologies and new techniques. CDE courses provide different and complex tools that assist the growth of a dentist. While dentist flourish by taking CDE courses, their dental practices also flourish alongside them. We hope that this blog post provides some guidance for dentists who are unsure of whether to participate in CDE courses.


Created 01/22/2018