Welcome to the Hands On Training Institute Newsletter.
Here you will find updates about the institute, information about our corporate partners, new product information and of course, the H.O.T tip . . . directly from the desk of Dr. Hebel and Dr. Gajjar
So, let's get started . . .
To Cement or Not to Cement – That is the Question!
(Although, if any of you have attended Dr. Hebel’s lecture on this topic, you should not even be asking the question!!)
There are so many reasons to cement your implant restorations that it is difficult to think of why not to cement. Cemented restorations definitely provide better esthetics, have improved biomechanics and are much easier to fabricate and work with. In fact, when you cement your implant restorations, you are actually just doing Crown and Bridge restorations that you are familiar with!! Really, the only reason you may want to screw in a restoration is if you have a very short implant abutment and don't have enough retention to cement.
When we first started to cement our implant supported restorations, we used provisional cements such as Tempbond. Soon, a cement specifically formulated for Implant restorations was formulated and sold by Nobel Biocare - called Improv.
Unfortunately, Nobel Biocare stopped selling Improv in January 2005, and we were unable to find a replacement. After some searching however, we now have 2 options:
1. Premier has developed a similar product called Premier Implant Cement.
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2. Improv is now being distributed through The Perio Institute.
Both products are excellent, but before you cement with them, don't forget to lubricate the inside of your restoration so that you can retrieve it if required.
So the question is not whether to cement. The question is what to cement with!
Indra MacGregor has joined our team here at the Hands On Training Institute. Indra comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the dental profession, having been a practice management consultant for many years. Her experience in growing practices is an asset to both us at Hands On Training and you, the dentist, in bridging the gap between education and implementation.
As the Public Relations and Education Consultant, she will work with you and your staff to help incorporate implants within your practice . . . and reap the rewards.
If you are considering taking one of our programs or would like further information about how implants can benefit you, feel free to call Indra at your convenience.
Indra can be contacted anytime by phone at 1-888-806-4442.
Staff Program a Hit!!
Our first auxillary program on May 12-13, 2005 was a huge success!!
We received great reviews from the participants. The most important feedback was that the staff felt included as part of the "team" and were motivated to help promote implants within their practice.
Whether the participant was new to implants or had some experience, the program provided them a foundation in all aspects of implant therapy - from clinical procedures to case presentation. Sharing ideas and information amongst their peers proved to be a valuable learning environment.
And of course, the Thursday night party (with over 50 dentists and their staff) was a blast!!
Get your team involved with implants and experience the benefit of improved communication and knowledge.
Click here for information about our next Staff Program.
8-day Mini Residency in California and New Jersey
The Hands On Training Institute in partnership with Nobel Biocare will be running an 8-day mini residency program in Yorba Linda, CA and Mahwah, NJ starting this fall.
Each program is offered in two, 4-day sessions covering both Prosthetic and Surgical Phases of Implant Dentistry (including grafting techniques).
The fee for the entire 8-day program is $3500 USD.
For registration, dates or further information, click here, or call Rose at 1-888 806-4442.
(Don't delay – these programs fill up quickly and in the past, there have been waiting lists for doctors to register. )
On the road again
Dr. Gajjar provided a 2-day "Train the Trainer" program for 3M and did a whirlwind tour around the world, going to Australia, India and South Korea.
The 2-day program was a hands on workshop providing training in digital photography, photoshop, powerpoint and presentation skills. The program was a success and we may be offering this program at the Hands On Training Institute.
If you would be interested in participating in a limited attendance 2-day hands on program, email Dr. Gajjar
Leader or Watcher?
If you are a leader, you are probably already involved in Implant treatment. If you are more cautious and a watcher, it’s time to get started. Implants are no longer "new and experimental". They are so mainstream now, that everyone is starting to get involved.
With the huge demand for Comprehensive Implant Training, we have increased the frequency of Sessions 1 and 2, from twice a year to three times a year. And with our staff program, the whole office can get trained together.
If you haven’t become involved, now it’s time. Call (1-888-806-4442) to get more information and find out how your practice can benefit from becoming involved with Dental Implants.
And don't forget to ask about the leasing program . . .
The leasing program is becoming a very popular way for dentists to become involved in implant dentistry. Click here to download a PDF file for more details, or contact your local Nobel Biocare representative.
New Video Testimonials
These video testimonials are UNCUT and UNCENSORED!!
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