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Yosemite Weekend: IMPLANTS- Success Beyond Survival- What have we learned in the past 25 years?

Course Date: 
October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm - October 11, 2014 - 12:00pm
Course Instructors: 

Arun B. Sharma, BDS, MSc

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What You Will Learn:

1) Implant Selection Based on Restorative Needs

The objective is to help you select an implant system that will allow you to meet your particular restorative goals for the patient.  Today there are many implant systems from which to choose.  The introduction of milled titanium and zirconia restorations also complicates the selection process, since not all implant interfaces are appropriate for these particular materials.  Most restorative dentists do not make this choice- they end up accepting whatever the surgeon places.  This presentation will help you understand implant/restorative interfaces.  Depending upon the type of restoration, single or multiple, anterior or posterior, cement or screw retained, you will be able to select the most appropriate implant system for your patients.

2) Managing Aesthetic Challenges with Implant Dentistry

Implants have become an integral part of treatment planning for all patients needing tooth/teeth replacement because of their very high success rates.  It is very predictable to have implants integrate in most of our patients.  However, achieving an esthetic outcome is more challenging and less predictable.  In this presentation, we will discuss some of the callenges in providing esthetic outcomes.  The critical issues will be illustrated through case presentations that demonstrate the effectiveness of the chosen treatment option as well as the choice of material for the fabrication of the restoration.

3) Implants for the Growing Child

The high success rates for implants to replace missing teeth have led to questions regarding the use of implants in growing children.  The presentation will focus on two separate areas that are parts of clinical research and patient management- Ectodermal Dysplasia and Alveolar Clefts.  We will explore the use of osseointegration for children based on clinical studies to discuss the appropriate time to use implants in childen and adolescents with congenitally missing teeth.


Learning Objectives

By the completion of the course, participants will be able to

-Select an implant system that will allow you to meet your restorative goals
-Manage esthetic challenges with implants
-Differentiate between cement versus screw retained restorations and splinted versus single units
-Decide when it is appropriate to consider implant placement in child and adolescent patients



Arun B. Sharma, BDS, MSc, is Clinical Professor in the Division of Prosthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.  Dr. Sharma is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.  He is the Assistant Director of the Graduate Prosthodontics Program at UCSF, and maintains an active private practice.  Dr. Sharma received his dental degree from the University of Bombay in 1983 and a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of London. He then completed his prosthodontic residency at UCSF and his maxillofacial prosthetic residency at UCLA.  Dr. Sharma has served as the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and is currently the Vice Chair of the Editorial Council of the JPD.  He is currently Vice President Elect for the American Prosthodontic Society and is Past President of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics.





UCSF designates this activity for 8 units coursework.


Course Schedule
Friday, October 10th: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM (registration begins at 12:30pm)
Saturday, October 11th: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM


About our Location

The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a majestic Sierra resort set at the national park's soaring South Gate. The Tenaya Lodge offers Yosemite Park lodging, with all-season recreation ranging from hiking, biking, swimming, skating and skiing, to the alpine serenity of the new Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge.

Discounted Room Rates for program participants- $219 per night
Please call the hotel to book your room, mentioning the UCSF School of Dentistry group.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park
1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 93623


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