This weekend, Osteo Science Foundation held their first independent educational event in Miami, Florida. The program was organized by OSCF’s Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Tara Aghaloo, and provided expert lectures by Dr. Anthony Sclar and Dr. Mark Ochs for an intense weekend of continuing education.
Anthony G. Sclar, DMD
In practice since 1989, Dr. Anthony G. Sclar founded the Sclar Center for Advanced Implant Dentistry Learning which hosts the highly regarded Advanced Implant Dentistry Master’s Series Immersion Courses. He is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, a reviewer for IJOMI, IJPRD, JOMS, CAP and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and the hallmark Multilanguage textbook: Soft Tissue and Esthetic Considerations in Implant Therapy.
Dr. Sclar presented “State-of-the-Art Implant Esthetics,” which included protocols for soft and hard tissue regeneration and augmentation. He discussed how achieving and maintaining optimal implant esthetics requires knowledge of prognostic keys for success, risk factors for complications and anatomic requirements and biological interdependency of soft and hard tissues. Participants learned the scientific and clinical concepts required for diagnostically driven treatment planning and risk stratification of simple-to-complex esthetic implant cases. Strategic sequencing and timing of site development procedures prior to or simultaneous with implant placement and the importance of restorative management of soft tissues became evident through a series of case presentation of increasing complexity including the management of devastating complications and failures.
Mark W. Ochs, DMD, MD
Dr. Ochs attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate and dental education. In 1989, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training and obtained his medical degree with honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Head of Hospital Dentistry and Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His academic and surgical interests include orthognathic surgery, facial trauma, bone grafting/reconstruction and implants.
Dr. Ochs’s presentation, “Bone Grafting, Ridge Regeneration and Challenging Implant Cases,” discussed what to anticipate and how to achieve predictable and stable results. Referrals for dental implant placement often have unrecognized ridge deficiencies, malposed interarch relationships or compromised sites that pose a challenge. Dr. Ochs reviewed the outcome based surgical principles and limitations. He also presented cases requiring bone grafting or ridge regeneration with a rationale for various techniques with an emphasis on restoration driven surgical planning.
Osteo Science Foundation is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors for this event including our Founding Partner Geistlich Biomaterials, as well as KLS Marting Group, Zimmer Biomet, Carestream Dental and Nobel Biocare.