Ultimate Attachment Dentistry March 29, 2019

George Bambara, DMD

This all day program emphasizes the rationale for using precision and semi-precision attachments in the treatment planning of fixed and removable partial dentures, hybrids, overdentures and implants. Each of these prosthetic options is discussed in detail, especially implants which require special treatment planning considerations. The role of the restorative dentist is clarified as the one who initiates treatment planning the amount of implants that will insure success through the use of study models, wax bites, occlusal set ups and surgical stents. A clear understanding of what needs to be achieved must be established first by the restorative dentist and communicated to the surgeon and to the patient. Implants must be placed where they can be successfully restored and not just where available bone is.  Greater understanding of these disciplines will lead to greater practice utilization and incorporation of dental attachments in our practices.  Various types of coronal and radicular resilient and non-resilient attachments are discussed including bars joints and bar units, studs and magnets.

Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Understand the rationale for using attachments in fixed and removable prosthetics on abutments, roots and implants
  • Become familiar with precision and semi-precision attachments, studs, rod and tubes, magnets, bars and other types of fixed, segmented, removable, and overdenture attachments
  • Be able to immediately incorporate attachment dentistry into patient treatment planning
  • Learn how to do occlusal set ups and create surgical stents
  • Learn the Do’s and the Dont’s in attachment case treatment planning
  • Learn what precision and semi-precision attachments are and how they are used in prosthetic dentistry.
  • Become familiar with rigid and resilient intracoronal and extracoronal attachments
  • Relining techniques
  • A logical approach to begin incorporating attachment dentistry into our treatment planning.
  • Learn to take a closer look at the redistribution of traumatic forces to bone, soft tissue, teeth and implants and understand how they are affected