What will you learn?

Implant placement is often done to where the bone is present. Given though that one of most common ways implants fail is due to an improper occlusion, prosthetically driven placement has now become the gold standard. One of the main goals of this course will be to understand how to prosthetically place implants within the Dawson philosophy. We will be looking at an understanding of how to place implants using biologic principles for success, including key numbers for soft and hard tissue health and ridge augmentation techniques. We will work through the prosthetic planning using our Dawson treatment planning protocols from exam to 2-D and 3-D workups and how to merge this data with CBCT scans for creation of the final guided implant stents. A key focus for the course will be a thorough knowledge of how to create your own guided stents that you can have printed with a 3D printer or sent to a lab. We will cover various case types such as tooth supported, tissue supported as well as bone supported surgical guides. All of the above will be taught using case review from single implant to more complex multi-implant design cases. 

Main Learning Goals/Objectives:

  1. Learning the biologic principles needed for successful implant placement.
  2. Understanding how to place implants non-guided and ways to perform ridge augmentation when needed. 
  3. Learn to use CT images to plan implants in 3D using by merging CBCT data with intraoral or model scans 
  4. Learn to use ideal tooth position to plan implants with good bone support relative to ideal tooth position as designed from our Dawson 2-D and 3-D workup. 
  5. Learn to design surgical guides for in house 3D printing or printing by a print lab for very cost-effective guided surgery. (Or be more knowledgeable to interact with concierge services for guide production).

Course Instructors

Dr. Dwight H. PateDr. Dwight H. Pate graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1985. He then completed a residency program in General Dentistry at The University of Alabama in Birmingham where he began acquiring considerable knowledge in the concept of comprehensive dental diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment delivery. With this background he opened his private practice in Auburndale, FL in 1988. He continued his pursuit of comprehensive excellence by placing a strong emphasis on continuing education in order to stay current with the leading edge materials and methods available. This led him to complete extensive studies with The Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study in St. Petersburg, FL and The Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Swampscott, MA near Boston. Also studying with The Pride Institute, these studies and other ongoing continuing education have helped him to develop his philosophy of comprehensive state-of-the-art dentistry and help him to keep his diagnostic and treatment planning skills current and up to date.

Pio Modi, B.Sc., D.D.S. is the associate director of The Dawson Academy’s Ambassador program and the Study Club leader for the Toronto chapter. He practices full-time at Parkway Dentistry, which he owns in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario. His practice is heavily focused on implants and full mouth restoration. He became one of the 20-25 dental professionals in The Dawson Academy’s Ambassador program in 2014, and now leads the program. In addition, Dr. Modi often assists dental professionals with implementing The Dawson Academy philosophies in their practices. Dr. Modi is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentists and Prosthodontists, Academy of General Dentistry, Ontario Dental Association and Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Course Dates & Locations

  1. May 5 - May 6

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  2. November 3 - November 4

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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Course Information

Target Audience: General & Restorative Dentists

CE Credits: 14

Recommended Prerequisite: A strong desire to be an even better dentist!