Evolving technologic developments are dramatically improv≠ing dentistsí ability to provide optimal implant treatment. The availability of computer-aided design and computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) of abutments and frameworks for implant restorations is fundamentally altering the present restorative protocols for implant dentistry and will become the standard in the foreseeable future. Dr Priest will examine how cutting-edge CAD/CAM technology virtually eliminates the inaccuracies of archaic casting technology and ensures accurate fit of prosthetic designs ranging from single units to complete rehabilitation. Innovative digital systems for making patient-specific abutments and frameworks that provide unmatched precision and ideal contours will be highlighted. The objectives of these new technologies are to simplify and enhance clinical and laboratory procedures, reduce chair time and treatment duration, increase durability of implant prostheses, and ultimately to improve patient outcomes.
George Priest, DMD, maintains a full-time practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, on implant dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, tooth-colored restorations, and esthetic excellence. As a leader in the fields of esthetic and implant dentistry, he is recognized as an innovator in the specialty of prosthodontics and has contributed his research to many dental journals. Dr Priest is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes