Predictable Implant Esthetics–Digital Dentistry for Everyday Practice

Vail,CO, United States : 07 Feb 2018
  • Course overview

    No two subjects have impacted the general practitioner in the last two decades more than esthetic and implant dentistry. Dentistry has witnessed tremendous advancement in both disciplines. Advancement in dental materials, technology, clinical techniques, surgical protocols, implant designs, and laboratory support has created realistic patient care that often exceeds most expectations. The increased level of sophistication, however, has brought with it a significant responsibility for dentists to acquire the necessary knowledge to deliver esthetic and implant treatment at the highest level.

    This program is not only designed to reinforce the basic concepts of esthetic and implant dentistry, but more importantly it is intended to expand on the next level of treatment sophistication. The real world of clinical practice too often presents the clinician with cases that are not ideal esthetic or implant cases. Many cases require multiple modalities. Some present challenges in failed or re-treatment needs. Decisions in prosthetic design and material selection can cause confusion, and interdisciplinary care is often necessary in a significant number of situations. Hence more often than not, the clinical needs of patients - whether esthetic, mechanical, functional or financial - require a greater degree of information than most esthetic or implant programs deliver.

    Utilizing real case studies, this course delivers a detailed approach to diagnosing, treatment planning, case presentation, professional communication, material selection, and delivery of treatment.

    This course will trace the integration of digital dentistry into the everyday restorative practice.


    Restorative Dentistry Course

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    7:00 - 9:00 am     Digital Workflows - Dr. David Gratton

    4:00 - 6:00 pm     Prosthesis Production - Chairside vs. Lab - Dr. David Gratton

    6:00 pm               Course Reception - Course participants and families welcome

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    7:00 - 9:00 am     Introduction to Implant Esthetics - Dr. Brent Ludens

    4:30 - 6:30 pm     Esthetics for Delayed and Immediate Implant Placement and Restoration - Dr. Brent Ludens

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    7:00 - 9:00 am    Hands-on Session: Fabrication of a Provisional Restoration - Drs. Brent Ludens & David Gratton

    4:30 - 6:30 pm    Hands-on Session: Fabrication of a Provisional Restoration and Custom Impression Coping - Drs. Brent Ludens & David Gratton


  • Speaker information

    • Dr. Brent Ludens received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1990 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He went on to receive his certificate in Prosthodontics in 1992 at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. With a private practice specializing in Prosthod ...
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    Location and Accomodations

    The seminar will be held at the Lion Square Lodge in Vail, Colorado. The Lion Square Lodge is conveniently located for skiing right at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, as well as being close to many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The lodge’s accommodations range from cozy private hotel rooms to spacious deluxe condominiums. The lodge has a Charter Sports in the facility for convenient ski rental.

    Visit for ski and weather information, and additional information about the area.


    Accommodations are being held until November 30, 2017 at the Lion Square Lodge. The lodge is conveniently located at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The lodge has a Charter Sports location on the second floor for ski rentals. We recommend that you make your reservations early. Please mention that you are attending our course when you make your reservation. The direct telephone number for Lion Square Lodge is 970-476-2281.


    Vail is only 30 miles from the Eagle Country Airport.  Rental cars and shuttle services are readily available.  Visit for details on the Eagle County Airport as well as rental car and ground transportation information.


  • Additional Information

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