Aspen Dental Management Inc (ADMI) is rolling out a dental implant development program including training and technology that will be available to all of its more than 800 offices in 41 states by the end of 2020. The program will include advanced 3-D imaging and surface scanning technologies as well as web-based, didactic, and surgical level courses.
In 2019, ADMI says, its network saw double-digit growth in implant treatment, reflecting the 150 million people in the United States who are missing at least one tooth. More than a million of these cases go untreated each year, ADMI adds, while more than 37 million Americans suffer from complete edentulism and its health, social, and psychological consequences.
Dentists who own and operate Aspen Dental practices see implant treatment as an attractive option for denture patients and those missing some teeth, ADMI says. As fixed, durable parts of the mouth, implants help prevent bone loss, maintain facial structure, promote gum health, and support overall well-being, the company continues.
ADMI has appointed Dr. Sundeep Rawal as senior vice president, implant support services. He will support doctors in implant restoration, treatment planning, and case presentation. He is the cofounder of the Digital Dentistry Institute and was a private practice prosthodontist at Florida Prosthodontics, PA.
The customized development content available to Aspen Dental practice teams will be offered as a three-tiered program supported by technology, ADMI says:
- Education for doctors on consultation and case presentation and complementary training for managers, assistants, and lab techs on consultation, coding, and componentry to address implant restorations.
- Rollout of CBCT, which supports cloud-based image sharing.
- Supporting coursework on 3-D image interpretation, diagnosis, case selection, and single-implant and over-denture restorations, as well as defined case work thresholds to ensure quality of care standards.
Today, 140 Aspen Dental offices have CBCT, and nearly 200 will adopt CBCT in 2020. ADMI plans to procure the next generation of Carestream’s CBCT unit for its branded offices.
“Aspen Dental patients will benefit from having many implant treatment options, because they can choose a better long-term solution to benefit their overall oral health,” said Rawal. “Every tooth is shaped and shaded to match real teeth, giving patients more confidence every time they smile.”