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Dr. Alex Loh began restoring implants in 2008, when screw-in-screw crowns was the standard of care. He continued his interest in implantology, when he attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2012, focussing on the Restorative and Periodontics stream. Alex attended several other very prominent continuing education courses (gIDE, ITI via Straumann, NobelBiocare, etc.), and then completed his Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in 2017.

He has seen the shift in the paradigms of implant restoration over the years, but has seen a distinct lack of educational programs related to restorative side of implantology, despite most systematic reviews of the literature showing technical complications being more prevalent than biologic complications. He aims to fill in the gaps by providing education to general dentists in these very critical areas of dentistry.


This is a 6-day course on Restorative Implantology, which contains both didactic and practical components, designed for the general dentist to add to their daily clinical repertoire. The content is strongly evidence-based, aiding the clinical operator to have confidence that their procedures have been validated by research.

The 6 days are broken up into three 2-day modules:

  • Module 1 – Single Unit Implant Restorations
  • Module 2 – Multi Unit Implant Restorations
  • Module 3 – Full Arch Implant Restorations.

This course provides a total of 48 hours of scientific CPD (16 hours for each module).


Module 1 covers single unit fixed implant supported crowns. This includes:

  • Prosthetic implant componentry for fixed prostheses;
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning through “prosthetically driven” implant placement;
  • Fundamental differences between teeth and implants;
  • Differences between external and internal connections;
  • Choice of restorative platforms;
  • Fabrication of implant supported provisionals;
  • Using tooth supported and implant supported provisionals for prosthetic seal of the surgical site;
  • Soft tissue development for emergence profile using implant support provisionals;
  • Types and materials of abutments, and guidelines for use;
  • Angulated abutments vs. angulated screw channels;
  • Abutment preparation and prosthesis cementation techniques for cement-retained restorations;
  • Impression techniques and fabricating customised impression copings;
  • Cement-retained vs. screw-retained prostheses (and direct-to-fixture);
  • Loading schedules;
  • Implant protected occlusal concepts and progressive loading;
  • Maintenance and review.

Hands-on exercises:

  1. Fabricating implant supported fixture level provisional for prosthetic seal
  2. Modifying implant supported fixture level provisional for soft tissue emergence development
  3. Fabricating customised impression coping and taking fixture level open tray impression
  4. Preparation of cementable abutment
  5. Using cementable abutment level provisional for soft tissue emergence development
  6. Taking abutment level closed tray impression of stock abutment
  7. Cementing crown using replica to reduce cement extrusion

Module 2 covers multi unit fixed AND removable implant supported prostheses, including combined tooth-implant supported prostheses. This includes:

  • Prosthetic implant componentry for removable prostheses;
  • Overeruption and patterns of bone loss in multi unit edentulous spaces;
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning through “prosthetically driven” implant placement and positioning;
  • Effect of cantilevers and effect of splinting of structures;
  • Choice of pontics for fixed prostheses;
  • Effect of mandibular flexure on prosthesis design and implant placement;
  • Angled implants and their effect on bone and prosthetic componentry;
  • Differential movement of teeth and decisions for fixed tooth-implant supported prostheses;
  • Movements of removable attachment systems and their influence of prosthesis design and implant placement;
  • Design and positioning of superstructures (bars) and attachments (straight and angled) for removable prostheses;
  • Use of flanges of removable prostheses for lip support;
  • Combining tooth-implant support for removable prostheses;
  • Concepts of force generation for different types of prostheses;
  • Indexed vs. non-indexed componentry for multi unit prostheses;
  • Ovate pontic site development for aesthetic sites;
  • Splinting of impression copings;
  • Impression techniques to capture ovate pontic sites;
  • Verification techniques;
  • Pickup techniques for removable implant supported provisionals;
  • Adjustment, removal and replacement of attachment inserts;
  • Occlusion differences between fixed and removable prostheses;
  • Techniques for removal of fractured/stuck screws.

Hands-on exercises:

  1. Correcting angulation using angled body screw-in-screw abutments and cementable abutments
  2. Taking abutment level impression of screw-in-screw abutment
  3. Fabricating multi-unit fixture level provisional using non-indexed temporary abutments
  4. Ovate pontic site development
  5. Fabricating customised impression coping WITH PONTIC and taking open tray impression
  6. Conversion of existing partial denture to tooth-implant supported provisional
  7. Changing Hader clips, changing locator inserts, adjusting Dolder clips
  8. Fractured screw removal techniques

Module 3 covers full arch fixed AND removable implant supported prostheses. This includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning through “prosthetically driven” implant placement and positioning;
  • Concepts for improving stability/retention of full arch prostheses;
  • Obtaining ideal vertical dimension based on function and aesthetics;
  • Dental arch positioning based on function (neutral zone) and aesthetics (smile design);
  • Difference between and significance of implant protected, bilateral balanced and lingualised occlusion for full arch prostheses;
  • Use of alveoloplasty for surgical and prosthetic movement of transition lines for improved aesthetics;
  • Use of alveoloplasty to improve lip support for fixed prostheses without the use of flanges;
  • Full arch immediate implant supported fixed provisionalisation and loading, taking into account alveoloplasty;
  • Full arch impression, verification, registration and try-in techniques;
  • Differences between implant retained and implant supported removable prostheses;
  • Concept of hinge movement for tissue support in implant retained prostheses;
  • Design principles and attachment positioning on bars for implant supported prosthesis to improve stability;
  • Fixed implant supported prostheses designs (prosthetic vs. natural gingival tissue);
  • Effect of mandibular flexure on prosthesis design and implant placement;
  • Methods to overcome excessive bone loss due to edentulism using angled/tilted implants and angled abutments;
  • Effect of force generation of implant supported prostheses against each other;
  • Effect of force generation of implant supported prostheses against tissue supported prostheses;
  • Relining removable prostheses which are supported by two single round attachments;
  • Relining removable prostheses which are supported by a bar;
  • Replacement of fractured clips.

Hands-on exercises:

  1. Conversion of a denture to a cementable provisional by picking up cementable temporary copings
  2. Choice of screw-in-screw abutments for full arch fixed prosthesis
  3. Conversion of a denture to a screw-retained provisional by picking up temporary cylinders
  4. Taking abutment level impressions of screw-in-screw abutments
  5. Repair of fractured metal bar clips into an existing denture
  6. Conversion of tissue supported provisional to implant retained provisional


The 6 days of the course will be:

  • Module 1:
    • Sunday, 14th October
    • Sunday, 21st October
  • Module 2:
    • Sunday, 28th October
    • Sunday, 4th November
  • Module 3:
    • Sunday, 11th November
    • Sunday, 25th November

All courses run from 8:30am to 5:30pm, but arrive at 8:00am for registration.

The course will be held at:

Sage Hotel Ringwood, Level 5, EASTLAND, 211 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134

which is attached to Eastland Shopping Centre. Parking for Sage Hotels is at the Warrandyte Rd entrance of Eastland Shopping Centre’s parking lot via entry EAST 6. Parking is included in the course fee.

Food and beverages are included in the course, which includes:

  • All day self serve freshly brewed coffee, traditional and herbal teas, iced water and mints.
  • Morning tea: bite size almond and berry friands; fresh fruit skewers.
  • Lunch: Plated main course of the chef’s choice; segmented seasonal fruit platter; daily dessert selection.
  • Afternoon tea: house made pork and apple sausage rolls, tomato and feta bruschetta.

Please inform the course organiser if you have any dietary requirements.


The course fees for a single module are $2300 (incl. GST), or for all three modules are $6600 (incl. GST). The course fees include:

  • Didactic course tuition;
  • Hands-on/practical component on models;
  • Food and beverage;
  • Parking

Course fees must be paid in full upon registration. Register and pay before 31st August for early bird specials (20% off).


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