Study Club Program

Friday, September 23, 2022

"Esthetic Implant Restorations: Maximize Success, Minimize Complications"

presented by Brent Ludens, DDS

brent ludens dds

8:00am to 4:00pm

at The Venue in Leawood, 4800 W 135th St #108

Partially Sponsored by Nobel Biocare

No two subjects have impacted the general practitioner in the last two decades more than esthetic and implant dentistry. Dentistry has witnessed tremendous advancement in both disciplines. Advancement in dental materials, technology, clinical techniques, surgical protocols, implant designs, and laboratory support has created realistic patient care that can now exceed expectations when applied correctly. The increased level of sophistication, however, has brought with it a significant responsibility for dentists to acquire the necessary knowledge to deliver esthetic and implant treatment at the highest level. This program is designed to reinforce the basic concepts of esthetic and implant dentistry, and more importantly it is intended to expand on the next level of treatment sophistication. The real world of clinical practice too often presents the clinician with cases that are not ideal esthetic or implant cases. Many cases require multiple modalities. Decisions in prosthetic design and material selection can cause confusion. Interdisciplinary care is often necessary in a significant number of situations. As a result, the clinical needs of patients—whether esthetic, mechanical, functional or financial—require a greater degree of information for the practitioner to know and understand...and correctly utilize.

Utilizing real case studies, this course delivers a detailed approach to diagnosing, treatment planning, case presentation, professional communication, material selection, and a detailed delivery of treatment. Recognizing, managing and avoiding complications will be discussed. The importance of using authentic and properly designed restorative components will be discussed and stressed.

An extensive course handout will provide detailed information on the necessary materials, equipment, instrumentation, technology, and techniques required. Specific step-by-step protocols, flow charts, and checklist will give each participant a tremendous clinical reference that is easy to follow and geared for the real full-time general dentist. 

Course Agenda
-- Introduction to dental implants
-- Restorative indications for the esthetic dental implant
-- Decisions in implant dentistry for maxillary anterior implant(s)
-- Extraction with immediate implant placement
-- Delayed placement
-- Provisional restorations
-- Management of soft tissue
-- Developing an emergence profile
-- Developing or maintaining the papilla
-- Immediate provisionalization-indications
-- Delayed provisionalization-indications

Management of Complications
-- The routine complication
-- Self-inflicted complications: improper parts selection and ill-fitting components

Developing your implant team:
-- with the patient
-- between the surgeon and restorative dentist
-- between the restorative dentist and the laboratory

The 2021 Dental Symposium with GKCDS on September 17 was a great success. Check out pictures from the event in our Photo Gallery.

Study Club FAQs

What is Study Club?

Study Club is an optional continuing education series offered to Fifth District Members and ADA Members. Study Club tuition fees are separate from ADA/KDA/Fifth District annual membership dues paid through the KDA (or applicable constituent society) and may be purchased a la carte per meeting or prepaid through a Study Club Season Membership.

What is Study Club Season Membership?

A reduced tuition rate is available to current ADA members through March 25, 2022. This prepaid annual fee will cover both 2022 Fifth District Study Club programs.

What if I am a Life or Retired Member?

A special rate is available for ADA Active Life and Retired members purchasing the Study Club Season Membership. Active Life and Retired members that do not purchase the season membership will be charged the standard pay-per-meeting fee.

What if I am a recent graduate?

Fees are prorated based on graduation year.


Study Club Season Membership: $500 (prepaid by March 25, 2022 and available to ADA members only) SPECIAL: If paid by January 15, 2022, cost is only $425!

ADA Active Life or Retired Study Club Season Membership: $100 (prepaid by March 25, 2021; no additional discounts)

Recent Graduates Prorated based on year of graduation (level determined by ADA)

  • First full calendar year after graduation: Free
  • Second calendar year after graduation: $250


  • ADA member and Non-ADA Member Dentist: $350 per meeting, including meal
  • Dental Office Team Member: $50 per meeting, including meal
  • Life/Retired ADA Member: $350 per meeting, including meal