ITI Online Academy News: August Update
New Learning Pathway
In the early days of modern implantology, a post-extraction healing period of 4 or more months prior to implant placement was considered the standard of care. Nowadays immediate and early placement are common, but the Late Placement (Type 4) protocol - waiting for complete healing of the site - is sometimes the treatment of choice. This Learning Pathway comprises a Learning Module and ITI Consensus Statements that clearly outline the advantages and disadvantages of this approach along with three clinical examples.
New Learning Module
A key part of building a successful implant practice involves finding, training, and retaining skilled team members. A better trained staff increases productivity and, more importantly, contributes to safe and effective treatment outcomes. In Team Roles and Training in Implant Therapy, Ulpee Darbar describes how different members contribute to the patient's treatment journey, with information on:
- specific roles and responsibilities
- training needs
- training opportunities
Whether you are a new practitioner or a seasoned veteran, teamwork is needed for predictable treatment outcomes. Don't forget to take the Assessment to identify gaps in your learning.
New Congress Lectures
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has many advantages over 2D imaging for the evaluation of potential implant sites, but it's important to use this technology both appropriately and judiciously. Benedicta Wong provides an overview of CBCT science and clinical uses in Benefits and Limitations of CBCT in Diagnosis & Treatment Planning - her engaging style is sure to keep your attention.
Urs Belser is one of the ITI's most eminent clinicians, and this month we are pleased to share his approach to Management of Esthetic Implant Complications: Prosthetic Aspects - an informative lecture with excellent case examples. His years of experience are reflected in the clinical recommendations and treatment alternatives he proposes to reduce the risk of complications in daily practice.
New Clinical Case
Replacement of a Missing Upper Left Central Incisor from clinician Adam Hamilton details the late placement of a two-piece implant and is an excellent companion to this month's new Learning Pathway. Follow along as he replaces a 20-year-old cantilevered prosthesis with implant- and tooth-supported crowns. Of interest is the use of a cast gold abutment veneered in ceramic to create an esthetic core in harmony with the adjacent natural tooth.
Free Item of the Month for ITI Members
Patients with poorly fitting dentures are often referred for implants to improve retention and stability, but equal attention should be given to the design and fit of the dentures themselves. Design Principles for Complete Removable Dentures is a Learning Module by Murali Srinivasan that covers patient denture requirements and professional design considerations.
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