An Implant Focus for the General Practitioner

Damon Adams, DDS


In this issue of Dentistry Today, implant dentistry is once again in the spotlight. The month of August also marks the end of the first year since Dr. Michael Tischler was selected to be our implant editor. Michael was chosen for this position because he brings a high level of expertise and passion to the table. For our editorial team, he is a joy to work with. Michael’s enthusiasm and dedication—in all he is doing to help our readers get more involved in helping patients with implant options whenever possible—is contagious.

Immediately after our publishers approved moving forward with the Implants Today section, Michael and I assembled a group of distinguished professionals who would be invited to serve on our Implants Today Advisory Board. All of our board members have agreed to play an active role in implant content, including making editorial contributions to this monthly section under assigned topics within their respective areas of expertise. Our mission is to share the latest implant-related information on material choices, technology, and clinical techniques, and our topic selection aims to focus on what is clinically relevant for our GP readers who may, or may not yet be, involved in delivering implant dentistry.

This month in our implant-focused selections, Dr. Ara Nazarian, our cover-featured author, presents a case report involving the cementable implant-supported monolithic zirconia prosthetic option; Dr. Michael Scherer outlines guidelines to convert a complete denture into an implant-supported overdenture; and our own implant editor, Dr. Michael Tischler, discusses the vital role that CBCT technology now plays in the success of implant-supported prostheses.

In other clinical topics, Dr. Marty Goldstein describes how he retreated a patient with some aesthetic challenges, 10 years after having previously placed direct composite resin restorations; Dr. John Khademi et al talk about image-guided endo­dontics and its relevance to minimally invasive dentistry; Drs. Michael Skram­stad and Michael DiTolla introduce new CAD/CAM technology for the chairside fabrication and delivery of monolithic zirconia restorations; Dr. Johnathan Waasdorp uses an Er,Cr;YSGG laser to treat moderate to advanced perio­dontal disease with horizontal bone loss; and Drs. John Khademi and David Clark candidly share opinions related to endodontic care.

In our formally peer-reviewed selection, available for 2 FAGD/MAGD CEUs, Dr. David Forlano and Kristen Forlano present a case involving the multidisciplinary treatment of a patient with oligodontia.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of Dentistry Today!