If you recall the Puerto Rico MaxiCourse(R) schedule, maybe you realized that it ended in June. That was ten months of flying to Puerto Rico once per month, staying for almost a week each time, and continuing my implant education with rigorous hands-on training. Ten months is almost a whole year, and juggling a normal-to-heavy load of serving patients at the office the entire time was quite a task. Frankly, I am a bit travel-weary, but it was a great experience. I had many opportunities to perform implant surgeries utilizing innovative bone and sinus grafting techniques.
I do not typically jump straight to implants as the solution to my patients’ more serious dental problems. Many dentists and dental surgeons out there are implant-happy and would love to professionally recommend an expensive procedure. So in spite of the bright spotlight shining on this topic at the moment, I do not want to mislead you into believing I will recommend implants unnecessarily. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about opportunities to perform them, however.
I’ll give you a brief low-down on how it all works over the next few weeks. It will be nothing too lengthy or scientific, because you, my readership, probably don’t care to sift through a page of “Dentalese.” Let’s be honest: Besides other dentists, who genuinely finds dentistry captivating? Most people are scared of it. Hopefully, you’ll at least walk away with a little more knowledge and a little more motivation to take care of yourselves… and, dare I hope, less fear of going to the dentist.
Dental implants are not simply screwing in a new tooth and calling it a day. Many other factors must be considered comprehensively, such as how an implant will fit in an individual’s mouth, what angle is proper, whether the patient has sufficient bone to support an implant, what material the patient’s physiology best tolerates, the patient’s healing ability, and careful maintenance of a functional occlusion, among other things.
Modern implants have come a long way in the last 50 years. I have been performing implant surgeries for over 20 years, but only in these last few years, after attending an AAID convention in Las Vegas and completing the ADII MaxiCourse(R) in Puerto Rico, learning the most advanced techniques with state-of-the-art materials and equipment has added a powerful new element to my practice. Current technology allows for the best implant results we have ever had in history. In the coming posts, I’ll give you some insiders on the things we can do now.
Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles
P.S. I won’t run you off with videos of implant surgeries in process. I’m sure a written description or animations are enough.
P.P.S. If you’re about to visit YouTube out of curiosity, it’s at your own risk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.