ZimVie Institute

PathwayZTM Program

Introduction to Implant Therapy

pathwayZ Series - ZimVie Institute

Virtual Program Series

Flexibility and Accessibility through Virtual and Hands-On Learning

This PathwayZ Series is an introductory program which allows clinicians to start on the road to competency in a comprehensive approach to dental implant therapy. The curriculum begins with a series of webcasts, followed by a one-day skill development course held at ZimVie Institute (facilities in Carlsbad, CA and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.)

The curriculum is offered to Canadian-Based Clinicians with 5 Web-Based Self-Study Modules, followed by a One-Day Skill Development Program at ZimVie Institute.

$449* Course Fee Includes:

- Modules 1-6: Self-Study Web-Based Modules

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Implant Therapy. Dr. Edward R. Schlissel
  • Module 2 - Single-Unit Anterior Restorations. Dr. Bruce Ouellette
  • Module 3 - Clinical Treatment: Implant-Supported Molar Replacement. Dr. Gary A. Morris
  • Module 4 - Clinical Treatment: Posterior Partial Edentulism.. Dr. Vahik Paul Meserkhani
  • Module 5 - Clinical Treatment: Edentulous Patients. Dr. James A. Rivers
  • Module 6 - Introduction to Digital Dentistry. Dr. Sompop Bencharit

- Session 7: One-Day Hands-On Restorative ZimVie Institute Course

  • Two nights lodging and Round-trip Airfare
  • Hands-On at one of ZimVie Institutes (Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Carlsbad, CA)

*Course Fee Includes: One-Day Hands-on Restorative Workshop at ZimVie Institute (Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Carlsbad, CA), one round-trip coach airfare ticket up to $400 from the clinician’s home city to Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Carlsbad, CA, two nights lodging at the host hotel, transportation to and from the hotel and the Institute, plus continental breakfast and lunch.

Contact us at 1-800-717-4143

Headshot of Dr. Edward Schlissel

Module 1: Introduction to Implant Therapy

Web-Based Program | Edward R. Schlissel, DDS, MS

Program Description: This program will introduce and discuss basic physiologic, anatomic and mechanical principles associated with implant dentistry. Implant components including implant macroscopic and microscopic features, surgical principles associated with implant placement, implant loading protocols and implant restorative components will be identified and illustrated. Timelines for implant restorations, along with procedures and protocols will be discussed; practical clinical guidelines will be given.


Headshot of Bruce Oullette

Module 2: Clinical Treatment: Single-Unit Anterior Restorations

Web-Based Program | Bruce R. Ouellette, DDS

Program Description: This program will identify literature citations relative to the the long-term success/failure rates associated with tooth-supported crowns and fixed partial dentures. Benefits and limitations of implant-retained anterior restorations will be discussed and illustrated.  Screw- and cement-retained restorative designs will also be identified and discussed. Clinical techniques associated with fabrication of custom, implant-retained provisional crowns will be illustrated, along with fabrication of definitive abutments and crown restorations.


Headshot photo of Morris Gary

Module 3: Clinical Treatment: Implant-Supported Molar Replacement

Web-Based Program | Gary A. Morris, DDS

Program Description: This program will describe the benefits and limitations associated with molar implant restorations. Clinical indications and contraindications will be illustrated including techniques for extraction and immediate implant placement with an unloaded healing protocol. Laboratory and clinical procedures will be illustrated that include implant-level impressions, fabrication of master casts, intraoral scanning, CAD/CAM abutment design parameters and cementation techniques. A generic comparison between single-implant restorations and tooth-supported fixed partial dentures will be presented.


Headshot of Dr. Vahik Paul Meserkhani

Module 4: Clinical Treatment: Posterior Partial Edentulisum

Web-Based Program | Vahik Paul Meserkhani, DDS

Program Description: This program will identify the benefits and limitations associated with tooth-supported fixed partial dentures and compare these long-term survival rates with the long-term survival rates of single-unit implant restorations. The benefits and limitations associated with screw- and cement-retained implant prostheses will be discussed. Guidelines for abutment selection will be extensively discussed and illustrated, including the biologic benefits of platform switching. Clinical cases will be presented throughout the program to illustrate the above principles and guidelines.


Headshot of Dr. James A. Rivers

Module 5: Clinical Treatment: Edentulous Patients

Web-Based Program | James A. Rivers, DMD, MHS

Program Description: This program will describe the benefits and limitations associated with conventional complete dentures, as well as, implant-retained or supported overdentures. Resilient attachment systems, framework design and bar-retained overdentures will be thoroughly discussed. The specific biologic benefits associated with implant overdenture treatment include denture retention and stability, bone preservation, improved soft-tissue health, improved nutrition and quality of life. Clinical examples and literature citations will be highlighted and discussed. The literature citations will include long-term clinical and patient satisfaction studies.


Headshot of Dr. Sompop Bencharit

Module 6: Introduction to Digital Dentistry

Web-Based Program | Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhD, FACP

Program Description: This program will provide an introduction to digital technologies and their potential for enhancing dental implant treatment. The program will summarize the use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in implant treatment planning and guided implant surgery. A simplified digital implant planning workflow and digital impression protocol will be discussed for fabrication of patient-specific custom implant abutments/restoration. The benefits of using an intraoral digital scanner for data capture will be reviewed, as well as, the benefits for patients and the practice.


Room of Artificial Dental Practice Models and Equipment

Module 7: One-Day Hands-On Restorative Workshop

Program Description: This program is designed to support restorative clinicians, in conjunction with their surgical specialists, in the decision making process when treating edentulous and partially edentulous patients with fixed and/or removable implant-supported prosthodontics. Participants will learn basic implant restorative options similar to the clinical treatment performed in the five web-based modules viewed, with hands-on exercises in a state-of-the-art Simulated Patient Training Laboratory which allows for real-life case scenarios on one-of-a-kind proprietary simulation patients.


Not Sure Which PathwayZ Program You Want to Attend?

Vouchers are currently available for purchase for PathwayZ Program - Introduction to Implant Therapy for $399 per clinician.

Please be aware that voucher purchases are for use to register for an event at a later date. If you purchase a voucher, you are not registering for an event. Vouchers will be sent to you via Fedex.