The Spear Education Series of Online CE on Dentaltown...Connecting Teeth & Implants by Dr. Frank Spear

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Dr. Frank Spear, The Spear Education Series of Online CE on Dentaltown...Connecting Teeth & Implants by Dr. Frank Spear
Speaker: Dr. Frank Spear
Category: Implant Dentistry
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
NEVER DO IT or NEVER FEAR? This course burns off the fog regarding teeth and implants connected to each other and shows successes and failures so you can come away better able to make that decision.
  • 4.3 (3 Reviews)
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 6/5/2013
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Review Date: 6/30/2016
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 695.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

NEVER DO IT or NEVER FEAR? For most restorative dentists connecting teeth and implants can be very confusing. What are the risks and benefits to connecting? When is it safe and when is it not indicated? This course teaches the mechanics of connection and the risks associated with it. There are times when connecting teeth and implants is necessary or even preferable to other options available for the success of the restorative dentistry. Those situations are discussed and illustrated by Dr. Frank Spear with case successes and failures shown to give a thorough understanding of what to do and what not to do.

Description of Speaker:
The founder and director of Spear Education, Dr. Spear is one of the world's premier dental educators. He is a dual trained periodontist/prosthodontist, earning both his dental degree and an M.S.D. in periodontal prosthodontics from the University of Washington. He is an affiliate Professor in the graduate prosthodontics program at his alma mater, and is also an international lecturer. His practice experience is diverse; he began his career in 1983 at a small-town family practice, and today maintains a private practice in Seattle limited to esthetics and fixed prosthodontics with long-time practice partner Dr. Greggory Kinzer. Dr. Spear has been recognized by numerous associations for his contributions to dentistry. He is perhaps best known for his focus on making dentistry precise, predictable and easy from a technical sense, and his commitment to helping dentists feel fulfilled and successful.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Understand the mechanics of connecting teeth and implants.
  • Understand the risks of connecting teeth and implants.
  • Learn what needs to be understood in treatment planning these types of cases
  • Identify the specific cases where connecting natural teeth to implants makes sense
  • Examine the methods of turning a risking case into one that will have more predictable, positive results

Dr. Spear declares that neither he nor any member of his family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program. He does declare that he does have a financial interest in educating dentists.

This CE activity is supported by an educational grant from Spear Education.
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4.3  (3 Total Reviews)
 3 people would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
User: amberallen
Date: 9/18/2013
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
Dr. Spear clearly states the clinical situations in which he would splint implants and teeth. He also gives several examples complete with photos. Very informative.
Great course
User: mwucdmaz
Date: 6/30/2013
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
I appreciated Dr. Spear's experience and ability to clearly explain advanced topics. Of course splinting implants to natural teeth is never ideal. But there are certain times when it can be beneficial, and Dr. Spear clearly lays out when what complications can occur and how to mitigate them. Great course, I highly recommend it.
Quite Informative...BUT, see coments.
User: amgdds
Date: 6/22/2013
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
Dr. Sphear, How can you "LOGICALLY DEFFEND" if not "SCIENTIFICALLY explain" the incidences of NATURAL TEETH being "INTRUDED" just because of them(intrudes) being located in the... 1. PROXIMITY/VISCINITY to an implant(cuspid), 2. And or being some how "ASSOCIATED WITH" to an IMPLANT or IMPLANTS(#31). I am not ignoring your clinical samples. I watched the video at least 4 times and I am going to watch it over and again, only to find out if I may have missed your mentioning of "the occlusal and or associated periodontal changes in the opposing arch(teeth)". Your concept of "bond-connected" natural tooth going no where makes perfect sense and is "PERFECT SCIENCE" too. Can you "hypothesise" and explain "intrusion"(#8,9) by "conventionally cementing" this prosthesis in place. I am surprised to hear from you that, you mentioned "gradual and chronic calcium build-up under the crown" as a "possible intrusion factor". Is it even worth consider mentioning it?... be it any one else's proposition!!!
CE Policies
American General Dentistry (AGD), Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) approved, FAGD / MAGD CreditApproved PACE Program Provider
FAGD / MAGD Credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or
provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.
1/1/2016 to 12/31/2018
Provider ID# 304396
American Dental Association (ADA), Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) provider
Farran Media is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.

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The CE provider (Farran Media) uses reasonable care in selecting and providing content that is accurate. The CE provider, however, does not independently verify the content or materials. The CE provider does not represent that the instructional materials are error-free or that the content or materials are comprehensive. Any opinions expressed in the materials are those of the author of the materials and not the CE provider. Completing one or more continuing education courses does not provide sufficient information to qualify the participant as an expert in the field related to the course topic or in any specific technique or procedure. The instructional materials are intended to supplement, but are not a substitute for, the knowledge, expertise, skill and judgment of a trained health care professional.

Continuing education credits issued for completion of online CE courses may not apply toward license renewal in all licensing jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of each registrant to verify the CE requirements of his/her licensing or regulatory agency.

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Refund Policy
There are no refunds for Online CE courses. Please contact technical support if you run into technical difficulty.

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To reap the full benefits of this CE course, the presenters (Howie Horrocks and Mark Dilatush) have agreed to create a marketing plan specifically tailored to your practice and your specific market area. Having your marketing plan printed and open while you view the course material, will greatly individualize your learning experience.

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