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Seven Simple Steps to Implant Success

Seven Simple Steps to Implant Success - Dental CE Course
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Paresh B. Patel, DDS

An estimated 80 to 90 percent of implant restorations are single-unit cases involving patients with good general health and adequate bone in the area of implantation. In many of these cases, the patient presents with a tooth that has fractured or otherwise failed after receiving endodontic treatment. When further conventional treatment is unfavorable, the tooth must be extracted.

This situation affords significant opportunities for the properly trained general dentist to place an implant, as treatment can be executed with a high degree of predictability.

Dr. Paresh Patel has established seven simple steps that streamline the treatment protocol in this type of single-unit implant case. When followed, these techniques present a mode of treatment that is highly achievable for virtually any clinician, even those new to implant placement. Topics include:

  • Atraumatic tooth extraction methods
  • The procedure for grafting the socket
  • Extraction site healing and graft development
  • Flapless surgical protocol for placing implants
  • Considerations for selecting an implant system
  • Healing abutment benefits and delivery techniques
  • Closed-tray impression method using VPS material
  • Delivery and advantages of screw-retained crowns


Many single-unit extraction cases in the posterior allow for straightforward treatment planning and implant placement. These ideal cases not only create predictable results for patients, but also confidence-building opportunities for well-trained doctors seeking to develop their surgical and restorative skills. Using the simple seven-step protocol, doctors can provide patients with a desirable, long-term solution for the problem of a missing tooth.

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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