The Implant Occlusal-Aesthetic Connection

Implants are a major part of contemporary dental care. They are commonly used to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, full arches and to help retain dentures.

As dentists we are used to dealing with the aesthetics and function of teeth but implants are different.

Compared to teeth, tissues respond differently to implants and implants respond differently to the forces that we apply to them.

It is crucial that we understand these differences.

    In this presentation Ian and Sam will demonstrate a systematic approach to design aesthetics and function in any case you are presented with. They will discuss different occlusal schemes for different scenarios including single implants, multiple implants, full arches and implant retained dentures. Case presentations will be utilised to show how to deliver these goals clinically with particular reference to guided implants and restorations. Digital solutions will also be described and their benefits and disadvantages discussed.


    During this lecture you will learn: 

    • How implants are different from teeth, and why the position, angulation and occlusal forces on the implant must be controlled. 
    • A step‐by‐step programmed approach to optimum treatment planning and sequencing even the most difficult implant cases. 
    • What essential data you will need to gather to comprehensively diagnose and plan implant dentistry. 
    • How to visualize the position of the teeth, prior to implant placement, and why this may be the most important step in the process. 
    • A step‐by‐step protocol for implant placement. 
    • How to design an occlusion for a single tooth, a fixed bridge, an implant supported denture, and an implant supported full mouth reconstruction. 
    • Why the restorative dentist can and should be placing a high percentage of the implants in their practice, and what kinds of cases should be referred.