A peer-reviewed article written by Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA, DIADIA
Implants are becoming an increasing clinical treatment modality. As part of the restorative phase of treatment, communication of the implant’s orientation in the arch is required for prosthetic fabrication. Different impression techniques are available to communicate that information, all having pros and cons. This course will discuss those different techniques and the use of verification stents to improve the accuracy of implant impressions.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the types of implant impression techniques available
2. Identify limitations for the different implant impression techniques
3. Explain why verification stents are recommended and how to fabricate them
Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FACD, FPFA, DICOI, DADIA, DIDIA, is in private general dental practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a former assistant clinical professor at University of Maryland in the departments of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. He is a former AAID Implant Maxi-Course assistant program director at Howard University College of Dentistry. Dr. Kurtzman has lectured internationally on the topics of restorative dentistry, endodontics, implant surgery and prosthetics, removable and fixed prosthetics, and periodontics. He has more than 680 published articles and several eBooks and textbook chapters. He has earned fellowship in the AGD, American College of Dentists (ACD), International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), Pierre Fauchard Academy, ADI, mastership in the AGD and ICOI, and diplomat status in the ICOI, American Dental Implant Association (ADIA), and International Dental Implant Association (IDIA). He is also a consultant and evaluator for multiple dental companies. Dr. Kurtzman has been honored to be included in the “Top Leaders in Continuing Education”by Dentistry Today annually since 2006 and was featured on their June 2012 cover. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.