The objective of the Implant Dentistry Program is to give you the skills and confidence to diagnose and treat most implant cases. The Section of Implant Dentistry treats patients whose needs range from single crowns to extensive hybrid or ceramo-metal prostheses.
During clinic, one afternoon each week, you will evaluate patients and plan their cases with the attending staff. Four restorative dentists work in the section; most are there during each session to teach you and guide you in treating patients. You will also fabricate surgical stents and be involved in presurgical consultations with the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents and attending oral surgeon.
You will participate in the entire prosthetic process, from making implant-level impressions to final insertion. A variety of prosthetic designs are used to maximize the clinical experience.
Each clinical session is followed by an implant or restorative seminar. You will make case presentations during some seminars to help you develop treatment-planning skills and become more comfortable discussing prosthetic options with patients. You will also attend lectures given by the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration and other organizations to ensure that you are educated about current practices in the dental implant field.
Procedures you will learn include:
- Making a prosthesis.
- Inserting full upper and lower implant-supported prostheses.
- Inserting an implant-supported zirconium porcelain crown.