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Simulated Implant Placement: A Hands-on Program - Carlsbad, California

Simulated Implant Placement: A Hands-on Program - Carlsbad, California

March 6-8, 2014

Note: This program is full for 2014. However, you may request a place on the cancellation list for the 2014 session and receive priority notification for a future course offering by contacting the Office of Continuing Dental Education at 800-685-1418 or 612-625-1418.

Would you like to expand your surgical and restorative skills with dental implants?

This unique continuing dental education course with simulated implant patients will give you hands-on experience with surgical and restorative phases of dental implants. Using high-tech patient simulators and real-world clinical scenarios, you will surgically place and restore patient cases involving a: 1) single tooth, 2) partially edentulous dentition, and 3) completely edentulous dentition. You will benefit from the collective knowledge and experiences of University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty with extensive clinical, research and teaching expertise in dental implants. This program will be conducted at the Zimmer Institute in Carlsbad, California in order to take advantage of state of the art simulators complete with simulated soft tissue, cortical and cancellous bone layers, soft-tissue lined sinuses and “wired” inferior alveolar nerves.

This course is funded in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Zimmer Dental.


At the completion of this continuing dental education program you should be better prepared to:

  • recognize the indications and contraindications for dental implant treatment.
  • develop a treatment plan for the single tooth, partially edentulous and completely edentulous implant patient.
  • identify factors for treatment planning the proper location of dental implants.
  • identify instruments and materials for placing and restoring dental implants.
  • apply basic surgical implant techniques including immediate implant placement.
  • perform atraumatic extraction of fractured teeth and root tips.
  • select and perform the appropriate impression technique.
  • provide immediate temporization of implants.
  • restore single and multiple implants in the dentulous patient.
  • restore implants in the edentulous patient (implant supported overdenture and implant supported fixed and removable restorations).
  • identify laboratory procedures for the restoration of the implant patient.
Who Should Attend/Eligibility

This intermediate level program is designed for dentists who have restored a minimum of 10 implants and want to gain surgical and restorative experience through hands-on simulated patient treatment.

Dental Implants & Esthetic Dentistry scheduled January 16-19, 2014 at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, will help prepare you for this hands-on program. The January program is not a prerequisite but highly recommended for dentists with limited experience with dental implants.

If you have questions about eligibility, please call the U of MN Office of Continuing Education at 800-685-1418 or send an email to

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, case presentations, demonstrations, hands-on experience on simulated manikins.


William Larson, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Clinical Specialist, Division of Prosthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Larson has extensive preclinical and clinical teaching experience and is a member of the implant team at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Larson also practices part-time in the faculty practice at the University of Minnesota.

Paul S. Olin, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics; Director, Dental Implant Program, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Olin also maintains an active prosthodontic and esthetic dentistry practice. He has acted as principal investigator on implant research that has included pre-market approval studies for a number of implant systems, as well as biomechanical research on implants. He has received grant support from Zimmer, Lifecore Biomedical, IMTEC, as well as royalties from Biomet 3i and lectures for Zimmer Dental. Dr. Olin is the Director of the Postgraduate Programs in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Levels I-III at the University of Minnesota.

James Q. Swift, D.D.S., Professor and Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Swift has acted as principal investigator on implant research that has included pre-market approval for studies of a number of implant systems, as well as basic science research on implants. Dr. Swift has received grant support from Lifecore Biomedical, IMTEC and serves as a consultant to Biomet 3i.

Hotel Accommodations/Transportation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort until February 14, 2014. This quaint inn is located just steps from the beach in the historic coastal village of Carlsbad, California. Reservations should be made directly with the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 434-7020 or (800) 235-3939. The group room rate is $142 per night. Reservation requests after February 14, 2014, will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. In order to receive the group rate, you will need to reference the University of Minnesota room block when making your reservation.

Carlsbad is accessible via air transportation from San Diego, plus a 30-60 minute transfer from the airport. Car rental is recommended for access to the Carlsbad Inn and the Zimmer Training facility. However, complimentary shuttle service will be available daily between the Carlsbad Inn and the Zimmer Institute.


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