The Nuts and Bolts of Single Unit Implant Therapy

     Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Credits: 2 CE Hours


Timothy Hempton, DDS: is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts University, a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the recipient of the 2011 Yankee Dental Congress Clinician of the Year award. He maintains a private practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants in Dedham, MA.

The Nuts and Bolts of Single Unit Implant Therapy

Over 25 years ago the dental profession concluded that single unit implant treatment could be an effective alternative to the 3-unit fixed partial denture. The evolution of single unit implant therapy has resulted in many changes over the years relative to surgical placement techniques, abutment morphology, crown fabrication and crown engagement to the abutment.  Whether in the Anterior Aesthetic zone or in the posterior areas, the desire to achieve successful prosthetic outcomes has driven the surgical positioning of the implant fixture. This program will review the fundamentals of surgical implant placement, the realities of bone grafting, abutment morphology, occlusal concerns and achieving desirable and cleansable crown contours.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the existing bone morphology and gingival framework
  • Determine the patient’s goals, are they realistic, are yours?
  • Identify the risks associated with patient’s health status e.g., smoking and diabetes
  • Examine the reality of regenerating bone volume
  • Assess gingival tissue, including papillae, before initiating treatment
  • Understand abutment contours for bone stability and soft tissue health
  • Designing cleansable prosthetic morphology for bone stability and soft tissue health
  • Determine when to fabricate Cemented crowns versus screw retained crowns

Gerard Kugel


Gerard Kugel, DMD, PhD: is an associate dean of research and a professor of at the department of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He also maintains a private practice in Boston, MA.