Hands-On Course

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Anterior Implants in the Esthetic Zone
Surgical and Restorative Management 

Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm

4 CE Credits

$350 CSDA Members
$395 Non-Members

UConn Health | School of Dental Medicine
Grasso Preclinical Simulation Lab
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3915

Limited to 23 Registrants.

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Course Description

Implant dentistry has significantly evolved since its introduction in the 1980’s. Refined surgical procedures, advancements in biomaterials and implant macro / micro designs have led to early osseointegration and increase in predictability of survival rates. However, no longer, is the success of implants confined to the survival of implants. A successful implant is the one that not only has minimal remodeling and is stable, but also, is esthetically harmonious with the surrounding tissues. In order to achieve this, especially when working in the esthetic zone, it is critical to understand key concepts such as case selection, risk assessment and prosthetically driven treatment planning.

Maxillary anterior implant cases often require hard and soft tissue development. Once a satisfactory emergence profile is created, it has to be communicated successfully to the lab to recreate the desired contours in the final restoration. This course guides the dental team through the process of comprehensive evaluation, imaging, timing of implant placement, implant selection, and soft / hard tissue grafting for an implant in the esthetic zone. Lastly, the hands-on component will guide the attendees through the steps of fabricating provisional crowns, chairside custom impression copings and finally impressions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn about anterior implant treatment planning, surgery and prosthetics.
  • Learn about site development to create an optimum implant site
  • Understand surgical management for optimal aesthetics.
  • Learn fabricating chairside provisional crowns.
  • Fabricate custom implant impression copings.
  • Implant level impression using custom impression coping.


  • Catered only for dentists
  • Equipment, instruments and materials for hands on course: Will be provided by Straumann USA and 3M
  • Attendees are required to bring their loupes if they use in clinical practice.




Topics Covered


Hour 1


Considerations for implant planning, timing of implant placement, soft and hard tissue development.

Dr. Thacker

Hour 2


Restorative treatment planning, soft tissue development with provisional crowns, custom impressions and delivery of final esthetic restorations.

Dr. Dhingra

Hour 3

Hands On

Fabricating provisional crowns using acrylic and composite resin, custom impression copings and making custom impressions.

Drs. Dhingra and Thacker

Hour 4

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About the Presenters: 


Dr. Sejal Thacker is a board-certified Periodontist with a Masters in Dental Surgery. She directs the post-graduate Periodontology program in UConn Health Center and maintains private clinical practice in Shelton, Glastonbury and Manchester. She was featured on the cover page of the “Top Dentists in CT magazine 2018” and also received an award for “Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics” by the American Academy of Periodontology in 2014 and 2019. She has participated in multiple clinical trials and owing to these attributes was recently recognized and inducted by the Academy as the emerging key opinion leader in the field.

Dr. Ajay Dhingra is a board-certified Prosthodontist and he received his certificate in Prosthodontics with a master’s degree in Oral Biology in 2008 from Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, New Jersey. He juggles his professional life between teaching in UConn Health and private practice in CT. His practice primarily focusses on Implant Prosthodontics and he lectures and conducts hands-on courses on this subject. He is an emerging leader in dentistry and well known in local and state dental societies. He is actively involved with Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society and the American College of Prosthodontists, where he holds leadership positions.