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Improving the Predictability of Restorative Outcomes Utilizing Tapered Dental Implants

Utilizing Tapered Dental Implants - Dental CE Course
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Course Objectives (1 CE Credit)

Siamak Abai, DDS, MMedSc

With a clear understanding of the surgical and restorative materials, protocol and technology available to clinicians restoring teeth with implant therapy, patients can be treated with predictable success. In this introduction to tapered dental implants, Dr. Siamak Abai presents the clinical steps involved in restoring missing teeth, from diagnosis and treatment planning, to surgical placement of the implant, through delivery of the restorative components.

Topics include:

  • Basic bone grafting protocol
  • Effect of implant design and restorative protocol on osseointegration
  • Anatomic considerations and prerequisites for implant therapy
  • Ensuring proper position, depth and angulation of implants
  • Selecting the appropriate type and size of implant
  • Achieving optimal soft tissue contours with custom abutments
  • Restorative options for the healing phase, including custom healing abutments and temporization
  • Methods for verifying and ensuring proper placement of implants
  • Using CBCT and intraoral scanning to optimize implant placement
  • Use and benefits of surgical guides in placing implants


There are a variety of factors to review and evaluate during the treatment planning and completion of an implant restoration, including patient anatomy, implant materials, surgical protocol, restorative components and the clinical risks and limitations of implant therapy. By treatment planning cases with the final restoration in mind, clearly understanding anatomic considerations, properly evaluating gingival biotype, managing soft tissue contours, selecting the proper size and type of implant and employing the latest digital technologies, clinicians can help ensure an esthetic, predictable and functional final result.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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