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Dental Implants

If you're planning to talk to patients about implants...

Be sure you understand "osseointegration" - the process by which dental implants attach to bone. It's also one of dentistry's newer tools.

Not all of us do implants. But general dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants need to be able to discuss the technique with patients. If they're candidates for implants, they'll appreciate knowing what to expect. They'll also be impressed that you knew all the relevant details.

So, be sure you can confidently explain osseointegration and describe its surgical stages to your patients. Be up-to-date on surface preparation, biomechanics, and specialized instruments for implant maintenance. When you take our new dental implants course, you will be.

"This course is outstanding (Dental Implants). The book is excellent. My favorite of all your courses."

-Wayne E. Stroud, DDS
Norfolk, VA

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How to know what to order? If you don’t have a copy of the textbook then choose the book and test option. Does a friend already have the book or do you? Then just order a test that can be delivered either via email or mailed as a hard copy.  All tests can be taken online or via our mail option.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

7 Hours     $68.00

Osseointegration in Dentistry
(book only)

$38.00

Dental Implants
(test only)

7 Hours     $30.00

Last reviewed: January 1, 2015
Expires: January 1, 2018

Dental Implants

About the Authors

Philip Worthington, MD, BSc
Professor Emeritus and Former ChairmanDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryUniversity of Washington School of DentistrySeattle, Washington

Brien R. Lang, DDS, MS
Professor EmeritusUniversity of Michigan School of DentistryAnn Arbor, Michigan

Jeffrey E. Rubenstein, DMD, MS
Professor and DirectorProsthodontic Faculty Practice and Maxillofacial Prosthetic ServiceDepartment of ProsthodonticsUniversity of Washinton School of DentistrySeattle, Washington

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Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Fundamentals of dental implantation and osseointegration.
  2. Indications for successful implantation and osseointegration.
  3. Which patients can or cannot benefit from implants.
  4. Optimal implant methodology.
  5. Presurgical and surgical procedures for performing dental implantation.
  6. Important prosthodontic considerations.
  7. Causes of implant complications and failures.
  8. Procedures for postsurgical maintenance of dental implants and prostheses.

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Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Introduction
  2. Biocompatibility, Tissue Responses, and Concepts of the Implant Interface
  3. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  4. Surgical Stages of Osseintegration
  5. Intraoral Implant Applications
  6. Biomechanics
  7. Prosthodontic Aspects of Dental Implants
  8. Implants in the Esthetic Zone
  9. Maintenance
  10. Complications of Failure
  11. Advanced Procedures with Implant Treatment
  12. Conclusion
  13. Index

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What Is Osseointegration?

Osseointegration is a biological concept. It refers to the incorporation within living bone of an inanimate (metallic) component. It is in essence an anchorage mechanism - nothing more, nothing less. Such anchorage allows the attachment of prosthetic components to the skeleton by means of these anchorage units.

The success of osseointegration has been proven beyond all doubt, but successful achievement of osseointegration depends on careful planning, meticulous surgical technique, and skillful prosthetic management. It demands an appreciation for biology and an understanding of wound healing in particular. Its applications are wide ranging, including not only dental prostheses but maxillofacial prostheses, replacement of diseased joints, and the attachment of artificial limbs.

The chapters that follow provide a better understanding of this fascinating biological phenomenon.

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