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Marco Degidi MD DDS

Paulo Malo DDS PhD

Dr Degidi graduated from the University of Bologna in 1981 and he is both MD and DDS. He is an Adjunct Professor, Postgraduate Master in Clinic Implantology, University of Bologna. Dr Degidi has extensively published (more than 137 articles on PubMed) on his fields of interest: immediate loading, implant aesthetics, biomaterials, primary stability. He is the inventor of the WeldOne Concept (intra oral welding) as well as of the Conometric Concept (cementless fixed restorations). Currently he is in private practice dedicated to implant surgery and prosthetics.

Morning lecture: An Overview of Immediate Implantation and Loading over the Last 25 Years

Immediate implantation and immediate loading were initially met with skepticism by the dental community when they first came into use 25 years ago, and for quite some time after their introduction many dentists still argued against their use on the basis of a wide variety of factors, including a higher failure rate, greater bone loss, and aesthetic and function problems, which were often caused by quickly made and poorly fitting prostheses.

Nonetheless, the demand by patients for quality treatment in a significantly reduced timeframe has seen the steadily increased use of these techniques over the years. This has resulted in new approaches being developed step by step and their ongoing refinement and improvement. The requirement to contain costs has lead to a certain standardization of protocols, with the result that treatment approaches have become more uniform, which in turn has increased the practicality of using these techniques, even if some dentists can still have a certain degree of doubt in specific clinical contexts.   

All of these considerations have lead the author to develop new methods and concepts that obtain results that are always more predictable as well as being tailored for the individual characteristics and needs of every single patient; these techniques and concepts will be presented as we review the last 25 years of immediate implantation and loading.

Learning objectives:

  • When it is correct to use immediate post extraction implantation, and when it isn’t
  • The influence of implant and abutment designs on the final result
  • The importance of primary stability for immediate loading and the correct ways to measure it

Afternoon lecture: The Degidi Protocol - Current State of the Art and Future Developments in Placing and Restoring Implants

When next Monday morning we meet our patients, what we need are solutions and treatment plans that are not technique sensitive, and that are predictable, minimally invasive and possible at a reasonable cost without any compromise in quality. Obtaining these combined benefits may seem impossible; in reality it is readily achievable. Marco Degidi will examine the pros and cons of different approaches, emphasizing synergies and possible drawbacks. Particular focus will be given to the WeldOne and Conometric Concepts, both created by the presenter. We all know very well how important it is for implants to be rigidly splinted during the healing phase and this cannot be achieved with a simple acrylic restoration. Thanks to the intraoral welding technique, it is a simple task to manufacture directly inside the patient’s mouth a rigid and reliable titanium framework that provides predictable support for an immediate restoration. The Conometric Concept makes it possible to manufacture fixed implant-supported restorations that do not require any screws or cement. The Conometric Concept can be used for single teeth, partials or full arches, and with temporary or final prostheses that are either immediately or stage loaded. Many types of restoration materials can be used. The prosthesis can be removed only by the dentist, not by the patient. Drawing on his extensive clinical experience, the speaker will explore these topics and present the scientific basis for his conclusions.

Learning objectives:

  • Guidelines for the correct construction of an electrically welded prosthesis
  • Indications for using conometrically fixed prostheses
  • How to parallelize abutments to a conometric prostheses
  • How to construct conometric prostheses from different types of material
  • Temporary prostheses and durable prostheses: inclusion criteria