Upcoming Courses & Our Patient Education Models

Good morning and welcome to the Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Monday Morning Minute.

Good morning and welcome to the Monday Morning Minute. Dr. Shatkin and I would love to thank everyone who came down to Washington, DC for the International Academy of Mini Dental Implant Symposium last week.

It was a wonderful event. We’d like to throw out a thank you to Dr. Dennis Flanagan for being our keynote speaker and all the speakers that attended and especially to Dr. Andrea Smith, el presidente of the Academy. You did a wonderful job, and thank you so much for all the input. And I think the educational format was wonderful. If you missed out on this one, you’ll have to come to the Academy meeting next year.

So when I was down in Washington last week I had a lot of the doctors come out and they were asking me a lot of questions about our models, our patient education models. So, first off, I want to start with the mono. This is a mono model and it’s in a clear plexiglass heel and it has eight mono implants on it. And this is a wonderful model to show patients if they’re interested in mono implants.

We cement a full zirconia roundhouse bridge onto eight mono implants wonderful to have in your office. When you show the patient this, you put it in the patient’s hand and you give them a real feel for what the restoration is going to look like. Okay, then we also have a fixed zirconia roundhouse bridge with twelve mini dental implants with O-ball abutments on it. Still one piece implants. But now, what’s nice about this is this one does not have a pink gingiva on it.

It’s just the zirconia itself. But we also make one if you need a little bit of lip support, we make one with the pink gingiva so you can get these models with or without pink gingiva at the top. Again, it’s twelve mini implants. And we cement this model, we cement the restoration right onto the model. And then lastly, I have the fix on six model.

Some call it grade on eight. We call it fixed on six. So this also can be made with or without the pink gingiva. And we use six to eight mini implants on the case and then it snaps right on and it’s retained with O-ring housings. And keep in mind, we have three different types of retention on the O-rings.

We have a standard retention, we have a strong retention, and we have an extra strong retention. It’s measured in durometers. So we have a 70, 80 and a 90 durometer O-ring housing. And that’s what we’re looking at right here with this restoration. So all of these models are excellent for patient education and it really helps the patient understand what type of restoration you’re going to be doing with either mono implants or our mini 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, or 3.75 O-ball implants.

It’s very helpful for the patient to get the model in their hand and understand what you’ll be doing. We thank you very much for joining us on this Monday Morning Minute and we look forward to seeing you next week on the Monday Morning Minute.