Denver Implant Study Club (DISC)

D.I.S.C. – Current Concepts and Techniques in Removable Implant Prosthetics; Enhancing Our Patients Quality of Life

The use of Osseointegrated Dental Implants has become the standard of care for partial and fully edentulous patients. Over two decades of sound research has established the multitude of benefits to our patients resulting in an improved Quality of Life.

D.I.S.C. – Diagnostic Keys for Treatment Planning in Esthetic and Implant Therapy: Minimize Failures/Optimize Success

Dental implant therapy has become recognized as a predictable tooth replacement option for the partially and completely edentulous patient. However, when complications occur, the degree of restorative and surgical interventions needed to meet patient expectations exponentially increase. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss treatment planning and clinical concepts that minimize failures, and maximize success.

D.I.S.C – Restorative Options and Risk Factors in Aesthetic Implant Dentistry

The profound success of implant therapy has created a new standard of care for the restoration of missing teeth. Implant design, abutment selection, and restorative design concepts affect treatment planning and the esthetic outcomes available to patients.

D.I.S.C – How Far Have We Come and How Far Can We Go

Root form dental implant therapy was introduced in Europe over 40 years ago, and in the mid 1980's in North America. The journey from its inception to today has been revolutionary, with greater understanding of the biological process, advances in surgical adjunct procedures, implant design and the recent introduction of CAD CAM technologies in every facet of the treatment process.

D.I.S.C – Adjunctive Surgical Procedures for Immediate Loading of Single Implant

Recent publications have indicated that the placement of implants fail to preserve hard tissue dimensions of the ridge following tooth extraction. Other publications describe that after tooth extraction without implant placement, the coronal portion of the ridge can sustain substantial reduction of the hard tissue volume irrespective of the procedure used to remove the tooth such as flapless or following flap elevation.

D.I.S.C. – Achieving True Restoratively Driven Implant Dentistry: Pre-Surgical Prosthetic Planning Concepts through Technical Innovation

CT/CBCT scan technology has emerged as the pre-eminent method for viewing and understanding three-dimensional patient anatomy. As clinicians move from two-dimensional periapical and panoramic images into three-dimensional imaging offered through CT/CBCT technology, the need to correctly decipher these scans, discover the underlying anatomical landmarks, and plan cases properly for implant reconstruction has become apparent.