Doctor holding x-rays up to a light, in the foreground is an ipad with three images labeled: lips, teeth and ridge.

Over the years there have been advances in restorative materials and procedures, but anterior hard and soft tissue abnormalities in the esthetic zone continue to represent a significant technical challenge for reconstructive teams.

To help restorative doctors overcome those challenging cases, Spear has released a new continuing education course, “Esthetic Management of Multiple Missing Anterior Teeth,” taught by Resident Faculty member Dr. Gregg Kinzer.

“For this course, I use several case examples to illustrate the treatment planning process that provides the most predictable esthetic results,” said Dr. Kinzer, a world-renowned prosthodontist who maintains a private practice in Seattle limited to comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry.

“A variety of different treatment options are discussed including adjacent implants pontics, and a cantilevered restoration and I also emphasize the importance of utilizing an interdisciplinary team treatment approach,” Dr. Kinzer said.

When it comes to these types of challenging cases, it's important for restorative dentists to identify how to communicate with specialists, and this Spear Online course provides the restorative doctor with the confidence needed to work efficiently within an interdisciplinary team.

Spear Online members learn the impact different ridge classifications have on treatment planning and use decision trees to treatment plan adjacent missing anterior teeth. Dr. Kinzer also discusses a variety of treatment options that lead to successful outcomes.

Course objectives:

  • Express the impact different ridge classifications have on treatment planning.
  • Use decision trees to treatment plan adjacent missing anterior teeth.
  • Discuss esthetic challenges and learn which treatment options lead to successful outcomes.

Lessons in this course include:

  1. Overview of LTR Classification
  2. Managing Two Centrals That Require Extraction: Adjacent Implants
  3. Managing Two Centrals That Require Extraction: Immediate Implants
  4. Managing Two Centrals With Bone Loss That Require Extraction
  5. Managing Two Existing Missing Centrals: Adjacent Implants
  6. Managing Two Existing Missing Centrals: Restored with Pontics
  7. Managing Two Missing Anterior Teeth Involving a Lateral: Overview
  8. Managing Two Missing Anterior Teeth Involving a Lateral: The Challenge of Adjacent Implants
  9. Managing Two Missing Anterior Teeth Involving a Lateral: Lateral Cantilever
  10. Managing Two Missing Anterior Teeth Involving a Lateral: Utilizing Ortho to Enhance the Esthetic Outcome