Traditional orthognathic surgery is often considered the first option for treating vertical maxillary excess in patients with a healthy dentition. With the advent of implants and the options current placement protocols offer, however, a prosthetic-implant approach has become an increasingly more practical and cost-effective option for those with a less than ideal residual dentition. This presentation will emphasize an implant concept currently in clinical use that eliminates both the often lengthy healing periods following orthognathic surgery and the extended treatment time necessary for subsequent orthodontics. This nongraft, implant-only approach can often be coupled with an immediate loading opportunity, making it an attractive alternative to a traditional orthognathic approach for selected individuals.
Stephen M. Parel, DDS, is professor and director of the Division of Maxillofacial Prosthetics in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pharmacology at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University Health Science Center in Dallas. A diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and the American College of Dentists, he is the co-founder of Osseointegration Seminars, Inc, and a past president of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and the Academy of Osseointegration. He has authored many articles and textbook chapters as well as three books. Dr Parel also serves as a consultant for The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes