Corporate Forum - AAP Annual Meeting 2020

Corporate Forum Course Descriptions

Course titles and descriptions provided by Corporate Forum participants.

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Periodontists Save Teeth
Scott Froum, DDS

The advent of implant dentistry has led many dental offices to extract periodontally compromised teeth that could have been saved with regenerative treatment.  This program will examine how advanced surgical materials and techniques can change periodontal practice dynamics to save teeth and regenerate patient happiness and practice growth.

Roles of the Er:YAG Laser in the Management of Implant Surface Detoxification in the Presence of Peri-Implantitis
Hector L. Sarmiento DMD, MSc

The detoxification methods of an implant surface in the presence of peri-implantitis has been controversial in recent literature. Although many protocols have been suggested, the use of a laser can be minimally invasive to the implant structure and avoid complications from surface modifications. This presentation will discuss the classification, radiographic interpretation and management of peri-implantitis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a classification system based on etiologies to diagnose peri-implantitis properly
  • Learn the different Implant detoxification methods currently available
  • Present multiple clinical cases for the surgical treatment of peri-implant diseases

Pterygoid and Zygomatic Dental Implants Used for Full Arch Immediate Loading
Dan J. Holtzclaw, DDS, MS

As more patients seek full arch immediately loaded dental implant treatment, pterygoid and zygomatic dental implants are becoming increasingly necessary to treat cases of severe bone loss.  In this lecture, American Board of Periodontology Diplomate Dr. Dan Holtzclaw will share his experience of treating patients with both zygomatic and pterygoid dental implants.  Anatomical considerations, indications/contraindications, surgical technique, complications, and prosthetic considerations will be discussed.

Think Out of the Box and Keep Patients in Your Chair: Rationale and Clinical Demonstration for Bioactive Amnion-Chorion Membrane Allograft Use in Management of the Compromised Patient Base
Anthony Del Vecchio, DDS

An inside look at the newest uses and applications for dehydrated human deepithelialized amnion-chorion membrane (BioXclude®) in complex dentoalveolar case management within the specialty practice, including bisphosphonate and neural applications adapted from extensive use and demonstration in various medical and surgical subspecialties. Learn to apply these advanced surgical theories and protocols to intraoral procedures in the ever-growing base of immunocompromised patients.


Periodontists Establishing a Framework for Predictable – Not Trendy Implant Dentistry
Sonia Leziy DDS, Dipl Perio

Treatment solutions for surgical clinicians continue to evolve and improve through the introduction of novel implant designs, the use of soft and hard tissue biomaterials, and digital technology to guide both implant placement and transitional restoration in immediate and conventional protocols. This progressive philosophy differentiates practices with patient-centered focus, improving productivity while promoting a less stressful environment, translating into improved communication and better results for our restoring colleagues and patients.

Full Arch Immediate Restoration in Challenging Situations
Alan Meltzer, DMD, MScD

Today, the use of full arch restoration is entering the realm of mainstream treatment. Some believe that removal of teeth and their restorations is the conclusion of a patient’s dental problems. Some even feel that to give the patient an oral irrigator and they are set for life with no need for professional maintenance. With 30 plus years of implant dentistry behind me I have learned that in some cases four implants may be enough while in other cases it is a formula for disaster. A fixed restoration on four implants can easily become no fixed restoration on three implants.

Case selection, case design, implant selection, abutment selection along with proper soft and hard tissue evaluation and treatment become the keys for success. Finally designing a proper maintenance program is mandatory.

Let us not trade our patients’ dental problems for implant problems and create unrealistic expectations.

Esthetics and Soft Tissue Augmentation in Implant Therapy
Daniele Cardaropoli, DDS

The concept of soft-tissue integration is the new challenge in implant dentistry. The creation of a proper soft-tissue barrier is a key point for long term stability. The current knowledge about the role played by peri-implant mucosal thickness in providing aesthetic success and maintaining marginal bone levels will be discussed.

Advanced CBCT Imaging in Periodontics and Dental Implants
Bruno Azevedo, DDS, MS

CBCT imaging is one of the most important tools during the diagnosis, treatment planning and management of patients with periodontal disease and/or seeking dental implants. This course will demonstrate how high-resolution imaging can positively impact all phases of treatment in contrast to low resolution scans. This dynamic lecture will guide you through specific steps on how to acquire and manipulate CBCT scans for periodontal/implant planning. We will discuss how Morita CBCT imaging can help you better visualize key anatomical structures and dental implants with minimal to no imaging artifacts.

Educational objectives:

  • Learn the importance of high-resolution scans in your daily practice
  • Understand the importance of zoom reconstruction during CBCT interpretation
  • How to minimize metal artifacts such as beam hardening

The Biofilm Repelling Tooth: A Paradigm Shift in Periodontal Therapy
Nico Geurs DDS
Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, FACD, APDC

In periodontal therapy the absence of a biofilm on the tooth surface has been critical for the success of the therapy. Biofilm removal is traditionally been achieved through mechanical oral hygiene measures. Antimicrobials are widely used as an adjunct to oral hygiene techniques. Although benefits of antibacterial therapy are well documented, concerns about the changes in the biofilm are a concern. Emerging science offers alternatives to killing bacteria though biofilm regulation. LivFresh Dental Gel disrupts the biofilm adhesion to the tooth surface preventing biofilm formation. Daily brushing with this novel dental gel has demonstrated to have efficacy in the preventing biofilm formation, reducing inflammation and probing depths in periodontal therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the technology of biofilm adhesion disruption.
  • Translate biofilm science into practical solutions for your patients
  • Utilize Biofilm regulation in routine maintenance of health for our periodontal patients

Time to Ditch the Double Membrane Mindset: Lower Costs and Improve Outcomes with Amnion-Chorion Allograft Membrane for Large Lateral Ridge Augmentation Applications
Vinay Bhide, DDS, MSc

Witness both the regenerative and handling benefits of a cell-occlusive barrier membrane and growth factor in one thin, adaptable, self-adhering, economical product. From guided tissue regeneration to every aspect of staged implant planning, including guided bone regeneration and implant placement, to peri-implantitis treatment options, learn how to add the versatility and consistency of dehydrated human deepithelialized amnion-chorion membrane (BioXclude®) to your periodontal practice.

The BLX® System – Implant & Restorative Solutions Designed for Optimizing Immediacy
Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS

The concept of immediacy has been well-established as a treatment modality in implant dentistry. While implants have been designed to enhance the immediate treatment protocol at the bone level, little attention has been focused on the prosthetic components that are used in conjunction with the implants. Often, they are merely an afterthought. The BLX® implant and restorative components have been designed as a system to work to optimize the ease of the immediacy treatment protocol. This presentation will review the unique qualities of the BLX® system with an emphasis on the prosthetic components. What’s on top is as unique as what’s in the bone.

The Effect of L-PRF in Regenerative Procedures
Dr. Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MS, PhD

Leukocyte enriched – platelet rich fibrin (L-PRF) has been used as the regenerative agent of oral structures. This presentation highlights the ingredients of L-PRF and how this differs from other blood derived products (e.g., PRP, PRGF…etc). The regenerative capacity of L-PRF in hard and soft tissue reconstruction will be illustrated.

Educational objectives:

  • Learn what is L-PRF
  • Know the advantages of L-PRF
  • Know when the L-PRF can be used in clinical procedure and what is their effect

Incorporating Erbium Laser Therapy in a Specialty Practice: The Clinical Advantage
Donald S. Clem, III, DDS

The incorporation of laser technology in periodontal practices has been met with conflicting opinions. This presentation will review properties unique to the Erbium  wavelength as well as published data supporting the incorporation of laser facilitated treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis. What should we demand as specialists from industry with regard to an evidence-based approach in applying this medical device and how do we distinguish science from marketing hype? How is this technology accepted by patients and can we be confident in our recommendations regarding potential results? We will explore the science including landmark studies and the clinical protocols for minimally invasive laser therapy as periodontists position themselves as regenerative surgeons for clinical and practice success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of unique properties of Erbium lasers
  • Understanding of data supporting laser therapy including the first randomly controlled clinical trial in the treatment of periodontal vertical defect
  • Presentation of specific clinical protocols used by the presenter for detailed treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis

GBR Protocols in Implant Dentistry for Predictable Horizontal and Vertical Ridge Augmentation.
Sascha A. Jovanovic, DDS

For 30 years Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) has changed and innovated the surgical field of implant placement and allowed predictable bone regeneration for long term implant, prosthetic and esthetic results. This lecture will cover the biological principles and the attention to detail needed in 3 main GBR indications and the clinical protocols.

Ridge Preservation: Flapless, Simple and Predictable
Veronique Benhamou, BSc. DDS, Cert Perio

Alveolar ridge preservation is the first step to successful implant placement. The rationale for bone preservation is well documented in the literature and these procedures have been shown to be effective in limiting the horizontal and vertical ridge alterations.  Many techniques offer excellent results though some can be surgically demanding and are not cost effective to our patients. A predictable and simple method for ridge preservation will be described including extraction techniques minimizing trauma to the alveolar bone.

Bioactive Bone Grafts and Barriers: Role of Deepithelialized Amnion-Chorion Allograft Membrane in Periodontal and Implant-Related Therapies
Robert Horowitz, DDS

Understand the importance of bioactive grafting materials within the periodontal practice to increase the potential for grafting success and safety in a variety of periodontal applications using autogenous bone graft substitutes, combined with the immunoprivileged advantage of dehydrated human deepithelialized amnion-chorion membrane (BioXclude®) for repair and regeneration.

Keys for Success on Immediate Implants and Immediate Restorations
Luiz Gonzaga, DDS, MS

The maturation of the field of implant dentistry with regards to digital technology and materials has improved treatment efficiency as well as both esthetic and functional predictability. The utilization of a comprehensive and synergistic digital workflow, based on sound evidence-based principles and team communication, is one way to satisfy these demands. With the complexity that is often faced in clinical situations, technology that is currently available, run by an extended member of the treatment team allows for these steps to be preplanned and fabricated to ease the burden on the surgeon and restorative dentist at the time of surgery. This presentation will discuss aspects of treatment planning and technologies that can catalyze better long-term success to the implant patient.


Fully-Guided Full-Arch Immediate Implant Reconstruction
Michael A. Pikos, DDS

This clinically-based presentation will focus on the integration of restorative, surgical and laboratory disciplines, combined with CBCT technology, to provide a seamless approach for fully-guided full-arch and full-mouth immediate implant reconstruction for the terminal dentition and edentulous patient. This protocol includes placement of a prefabricated computer guided monolithic acrylic bar supported prosthesis for both edentulous and dentate arches.

Clinical cases will be presented that will feature indications and protocol for this approach, as well as advantages over the conventional conversion denture protocol.

At the end of this presentation, course attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the indications and protocol for fully-guided full-arch and full-mouth immediate placement with a prefabricated monolithic acrylic bar supported provisional
  2. Compare the advantages of this protocol over the conventional conversion denture protocol for full-arch and full-mouth implant reconstruction
  3. Understand the limitations of this fully-guided surgical and prosthetic protocol for full-arch immediate implant reconstruction

Periodontal Hard and Soft Tissue Regeneration: An Evidence-Based Approach and Innovative Therapies to Consider
Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS

Periodontal plastic surgery is the cornerstone to developing a functional and healthy mucogingival complex around teeth and implants allowing for health, function, and esthetics.  This presentation will discuss the risks and benefits of periodontal plastic surgery and will utilize recent scientific analysis to support the gold standard as well as soft tissue alternatives for tissue regeneration.

Predictable Peri-implantitis Infrabony Defects Regeneration
Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MSD, PhD

Treatment of peri-implantitis defects is unpredictable since no standard protocol is available at this moment.  One of the main challenges is how to properly disinfect a contaminated implant surface to allow the possibility of re-osseointegration. This lecture addresses currently available mechanical and chemical methods for implant surface de-contamination which includes, but are not limited to: Air abrasive, Air powder abrasive, Ultrasonic scalers with a metal tip, Metallic curettes, Rubber cups, Implantoplasty, Electrolytic method, Chemical agents including local delivery and systemic antibiotics, and Dental lasers (e.g., Er:YAG lasers) as well as Photodynamic therapy. The pros and cons of each approach will be analyzed.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why proper implant surface de-contamination is the key for the peri-implantitis defect regeneration and treatment
  • Learn how to properly use dental lasers for implant surface disinfection

Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants for Full Arch Immediate Load Reconstruction with Deepithelialized Amnion-Chorion Allograft Adjunct
Dan Holtzclaw, DDS, MS

Lecture will offer a comprehensive overview of immediate load full arch reconstruction of the atrophic maxilla, including pterygoid and zygomatic implant utilization, as well as lateral sinus augmentation. Adjunctive use of dehydrated human deepithelialized amnion-chorion membrane (BioXclude®) in these cases will testify to the versatility and unique handling advantages for every aspect of surgery, including: Schneiderian membrane repair and reinforcement, graft containment, as an adhesion barrier, and an overall carrier of growth factors and cytokines. The inherent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory nature of BioXclude adds to the numerous offered advantages in these applications.

The Power of Efficient Digital Transformation in Surgical Treatment
Edgard El Chaar, DDS, MS

Digital dentistry has rapidly evolved over the past several years. These past months have given us a clear understanding of how to use these technologies most efficiently. From consults to final delivery of prosthesis, there are many areas that can be streamlined with virtual modalities. This lecture will provide an overview of the available opportunities to transform your practice and highlight key therapeutic areas such as bone regeneration and immediate placement while keeping in mind biological concepts of soft tissue healing and esthetics.