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Brent Ludens

Predictable Implant Esthetics

August 12 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nobel Biocare

No two subjects have impacted the general practitioner in the last two decades more than esthetic and implant dentistry. Dentistry has witnessed tremendous advancement in both disciplines. Advancement in dental materials, technology, clinical techniques, surgical protocols, implant designs, and laboratory support has created realistic patient care that can now exceed expectations when applied correctly. The increased level of sophistication, however, has brought with it a significant responsibility for dentists to acquire the necessary knowledge to deliver esthetic and implant treatment at the highest level.

This program is designed to reinforce the basic concepts of esthetic and implant dentistry, and more importantly it is intended to expand on the next level of treatment sophistication. The real world of clinical practice too often presents the clinician with less-than-ideal esthetic or implant cases. Many cases require multiple modalities. Decisions in prosthetic design and material selection can cause confusion. Interdisciplinary care is often necessary in a significant number of situations. As a result, the clinical needs of patients—whether esthetic, mechanical, functional or financial—require a greater degree of information for the practitioner to know and understand…and correctly utilize.

Utilizing real case studies, this course delivers a detailed approach to diagnosing, treatment planning, case presentation, professional communication, material selection, and a detailed delivery of treatment.

Recognizing, managing and avoiding complications will be discussed. The importance of using authentic and properly designed restorative components will be discussed and stressed. An extensive course handout will provide detailed information on the necessary materials, equipment, instrumentation, technology, and techniques required. Specific step-by-step protocols, flow charts, and checklist will give each participant a tremendous clinical reference that is easy to follow and geared for the real full-time general dentist.

Learning Objectives
  • Introduction to dental implants.
  • Restorative indications for the esthetic dental implant.
  • Decisions in implant dentistry form axillary anterior implant(s).
  • Extraction with immediate implant placement.
  • Delayed placement.
  • Provisional restorations.
  • Management of soft tissue.
  • Developing an emergence profile.
  • Developing or maintaining the papilla.
  • Immediate provisionalization –indications.
  • Delayed provisionalization –indications.
  • Management of complications
    • The routine complication.
    • Self-inflicted complications –improper parts selection and ill-fitting components.
  • Communication – developing your implant team
    • with the patient.
    • between the surgeon and restorative dentist.
    • between the restorative dentist and the laboratory.
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Brent Ludens, DDS

Dr. Brent Ludens received his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1990 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He went on to receive his certificate in prosthodontics in 1992 at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Ludens is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Iowa Dental Association. For over 20 years, Dr. Ludens has lectured nationally on esthetic aspects in dental implant therapy.

With a private practice specializing in prosthodontics, Dr. Ludens focuses his services around the oral rehabilitation of his patients, emphasizing esthetic development in implant restorative care.

Brent Ludens, DDS
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August 12
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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7165 E Pleasant Valley Rd
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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