As global thought leaders and pioneers in dental implantology, Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Abraham Ingber have contributed groundbreaking innovations to the industry. With the help of the team at PDG, their work has greatly influenced the way dental implant treatment is practiced. Although Dr. Ingber passed away shortly after this interview, his impact on the dental community will not be forgotten.
This featured interview in Inclusive Magazine brings to light the doctors’ journey to innovation from an initial trip to Sweden where they learned about dental implant technology that was current at the time, to the recognition of patients’ needs that were yet left unaddressed, to the building of the first ceramic abutment in 1989. The informative conversation goes on to describe developments over the years in placing implants including cement-retained restorations, screw-retained restorations, and choices regarding timing of delivering the final prosthesis.
In response to how all the necessary practitioners can best come together for superior results, Dr. Prestipino explains:
When possible, there should be a pre-implant placement consultation between the surgeon, the restorative dentist, and the lab technician. It’s very helpful. It includes clinical photos, models and radiographs. And if all three team members can come together to make a game plan, it just makes for a very smooth operation in which you’re able to perform something with fewer surprises.
The conversation makes clear that the doctors’ stellar innovations are commensurate with their commitment to excellent care for each patient. Everyone who has a part to play in making that care possible are acknowledged, from early mentors to surgeons to lab techs to current PDG office staff. The interview is accompanied by a poignant tribute by Dr. Prestipino to the life of his longtime friend, Dr. Ingber.
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