I was out of the office last Friday and Saturday taking a two day course called “Incorporating Full Arch Immediate Loading into Your Practice: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach.” What a mouth full! Translation: “Full Arch Immediate Loading” is the term dentists use to describe placement of implants for someone who has no teeth or failing teeth and attachment of a tooth bridge to the implants on the same visit. What this means is that a person may arrive in the dental surgeon’s office in the morning, have remaining failed teeth removed and leave the office several hours later with a full complement of teeth or sometimes have teeth placed the next day. This is truly amazing dentistry!
The “interdisciplinary team approach” refers to the dental team: restorative dentist, implant surgeon, and laboratory technician. All of the players plan the procedure very carefully with models and cat scans to be sure that the patient is a candidate for this type of dentistry. The procedure is worked out carefully beforehand so it all proceeds without a hitch. The patient will go home with a provisional bridge – the permanent bridge is placed several months later. We call this a “hybrid” because it is an implant bridge that is fixed for the patient but which the dentist can remove periodically to clean, repair if necessary, and to be sure that everything is solidly attached.
The course was given by a dentist and oral surgeon who came to Long Island from Westchester with their patient. We had a lecture, some hands-on exercises and a live patient demonstration. This is an excellent way to learn dental procedures. The course was given at Marotta Dental Laboratory, located in Farmingdale – excellent dental technicians who are very experienced in doing this type of dentistry. I accompanied Dr. Edward Brant, a periodontis/implantologist from Saint James whom I work with on a regular basis. The implant system we used was from the Straumann Company which sponsored the event and donated their expertise. Straumann, a Swiss company, is the largest implant company in the world and has its American headquarters in Andover, Mass.
Truly an outstanding couple of days!