Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University
Dr. Abi Aad received his dental education at Saint Joseph University from 1977 to 1982. Afterwards, he joined the two-year Superior Study Certificate (CES) at Garancière Paris VII, earning his CES in Science of Biomaterials (1983) and CES in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (1984). In 1985, he returned to Lebanon and joined the Department of Prosthodontics at the Lebanese University as a faculty member. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Prosthodontics and is in private practice in Sin El Fil. He is the author of several national and international articles and lectures.
Lecture title: Immediate vs Conventional Loading in the Posterior Maxilla
Lecture abstract: Traditionally, implant treatment is based on a 2-stage protocol with a healing period of 2-4 months during which the implants achieve osseointegration. This clinical concept has been revisited and immediate loading of implants has recently been demonstrated to be a predictable procedure with high success rates in multiple clinical applications including full edentulism in the maxilla and mandible, single tooth replacement in the anterior and posterior areas, and overdentures both maxillary and mandibular. Insufficient data is currently available as to the results of immediate loading in partially edentulous patients and more specifically in the posterior maxilla. Our research helps clarifying some issues that can provide the clinician with new reliable guidelines.