Dental Implant Innovations: Explore the Newest Trends In Implant Therapy

Alexander Choe, DDS, MS


Dr. Alexander Choe earned his post-doctoral certificate in Periodontics at the University of Washington in Seattle, his dental Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of California, San Francisco, his Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is a member of American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, Spears Study Club, Seattle Study Club, and Troy Study Club. Dr. Choe practices in Albany, NY. Dr. Choe and his wife love watching Saturday morning cartoons with their 2 year old daughter.

 Course Description:

Dental Implant therapy has revolutionized how we practice dentistry today. Research in implantology  helped develop new techniques, materials, and implant design to improve implant success. Today we will review the newest innovations on both surgical and prosthetic fronts of implant therapy.

Angulated Screw-retained Implant Crown

There is a growing popularity in the dental community to use screw-retained implant crowns to avoid sub-gingival cement around dental implants. The disadvantage to using screw retained crown is the need for precise implant placement in order to achieve optimal and esthetic location of the screw access hole. Development of angulated screw-retained implant now provides the flexibility to place the screw access hole at angles up to 25 degrees. In this section we will (1) review the mechanics of an angulated screw-retained implant; and (2) discuss how it can be used in an esthetic zone to avoid buccal screw access hole.

Collaborative Treatment Planning and Implant Abutment Selection

A perfect implant placement is not determined by a surgeon, a restorative dentist, or a lab technician. It can, however, be achieved together as a dental team. In this section we will (1) review the importance of pre-surgical digital treatment planning with your dental team; (2) review and discuss selection criteria for various types of abutments; and (3) review guided surgery to produce the most predictable, esthetic, functional, and periodontally stable dental implant.

Tissue Level Implant

Bone level implants are the most commonly used type of dental implants, where indications for tissue level implants are being forgotten. In this section we will (1) review the biology and mechanics around tissue level implants; and (2) explore the indications for tissue level implants and when it is potentially more advantageous than bone-level implants

Customized Allogenic Block Graft

Intraoral and extraoral autologous block grafts are effective procedures for preprosthetic dentoalveolar reconstruction. In this section we will review customized allogenic block graft as an alternate to these traditional techniques. Customized allogenic block graft is planned by CT-scan and created by a milling machine to fit to any desired 3-dimensional bone contour.