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The Interrelationship of Periodontal Disease, Systemic Disease, Restorative Dentistry and the Tsunami of Implant Failure: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 01 - 08, 2024
Holland America's <em> Nieuw Amsterdam</em>
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
14.0 ADA CERP Credits
Course Fees
$995 for Dentists

Target Audience
Dentists, Dental Staff
Program Purpose / Objectives
Implant dentistry is a multibillion-dollar worldwide industry, and although it has improved the lives of many people, the combination of poorly executed implant procedures, lack of adequate implant maintenance, and a lack of adequate knowledge and skill by professionals, the sheer number implant failures due to peri-implantits has sky-rocketed. Instead of helping patients and improving their lives, we are now seeing the damage to the alveolar bone and the emotional stress that the assault of implant failure can cause. The implications of increasing implant failure have far-reaching effects on our patients and our profession.

The attendee will gain an understanding of the following:
  • The prevalence of peri-implant disease
  • The etiology of implant failures
  • The prevention of implant failures
  • The systemic and local factors that contribute to peri-implant disease
  • The current treatment protocols that are available to treat implant disease
  • The amount of bone volume needed for predictable long-term implant success
  • How much keratinized tissue is for predictable long-term success
  • How to create enough bone both horizontally and vertically for implant success
  • How to diagnose and treat progressive recession
  • How to present complex implant and restorative cases in a comprehensive yet straightforward and understandable format
  1. Prosthodontic Principles for Implant Dentistry
    • Discuss the diagnostic criteria for dental rehabilitation
    • Describe treatment planning and treatment sequencing of dental rehabilitation
    • Identify the difference between protective and destructive occlusal schemes
  2. Considerations in the full-arch, fixed, implant restoration.
    • Describe treatment planning and case selection for full-arch implant treatment
    • Discuss treatment sequencing full-arch cases
  3. How to avoid failures in implant-assisted removable prosthodontics.
    • Discuss prosthodontic concepts in implant-assisted removable prostheses
    • Describe the use of independent retentive implant attachments as well as bar/overdenture use
  4. Implant complications and failure, diagnosis, prevention and treatment modalities
  5. Hard and soft tissue ridge augmentation
  6. Platelet Rich Fibrin, its use in implant and periodontal therapy
  7. Progressive gingival recession, recognition, documentation and treatment
  8. The art of case presentation
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Jack Piermatti, DMD, FACP

Jack Piermatti, DMD, FACP
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology 
Past-President, American Board of Oral Implantology
Assistant Professor, Post-graduate Prosthodontics, Rutgers University, School of Dental Medicine 
Director, Implant Maxicourse, Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine
Director, Implant Maxicourse, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine  Dr. Jack Piermatti is a private practitioner limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in South Jersey. He is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist, having completed a general practice residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center of New Jersey, implantology training at Brookdale Hospital and New York University College of Dentistry, and his post-graduate training in prosthodontics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School. 

Dr. Piermatti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry for which he has served as President as well as Board Examiner. He is an Assistant Professor of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine where he is Director of the Dental Implant Maxicourse.

Dr. Piermatti has surgically placed more than 17,500 dental implants over his 37 year career, and is a nationally featured speaker on the subject of implant surgery and implant prosthodontics.

Gregory E. Oxford, DDS, PhD

Gregory E. Oxford, DDS, PhD
Board-Certified Periodontist
Courtesy Clinical Professor
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Consultant, University of Florida and State of Florida Board of Dentistry
St. Augustine, FL Dr. Gregory E. Oxford is a board-certified periodontist, implant and dental surgeon who has a clinical as well as research background and has authored and delivered numerous reports on both clinical and scientific aspects of periodontics and implant therapy. A recognized expert and lecturer in the field of periodontology of national and international acclaim, he was the 1998 recipient of the prestigious American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Periodontal Research Award, a Bill Clark Research Fellowship, NIH Dental Scientist Award as well as a recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Partners in Practice Periodontal Research Award. He is also a past Trustee for the AAP and Southern Academy of Periodontology, Past President of Florida Association of Periodontists and recipient of a Navy Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Oxford acts a consultant for several companies as well as the University of Florida and an expert for the State of Florida Board of Dentistry.

Dr. Oxford was raised in North Carolina, attended Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, completed his surgical residency in Maryland, an internship at the National Institutes of Health and received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

As a Courtesy Clinical Professor of Periodontology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Dr. Oxford was previously a Co-Director of the Graduate Periodontology Program and a Clinical Research Investigator with the Periodontal Disease Research Center. He was an investigator on a NIDR grant to investigate the interrelationship of diabetes and periodontal diseases. Dr. Oxford’s research interests are associated with recombinant proteins and their role in regenerative periodontics and implant dentistry.

Dr. Oxford has maintained a private practice limited to periodontics, implant and surgical dentistry in St. Augustine, FL for over 25 years with his wife Dr. Isabell Oxford, a restoring dentist.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun Dec 01 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:00 pm
Mon Dec 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 03 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Dec 04 San Juan, Puerto Rico
1:00 pm 10:00 pm
Thu Dec 05 St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Dec 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Dec 07 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 2:00 pm
Sun Dec 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard, or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - Amber Cove, the Caribbean's newest cruise port is located on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic's North Coast. Amber Cove is designed in three architectural styles - Victorian, Colonial, and Fortaleza. The complex boasts a fort-like structure at its entrance, cobblestoned plazas, retail and food and beverage buildings, and surrounding ocean and mountain views. For your shopping pleasure, expect a combination of big-name retailers like Diamonds International, Effy, and Harley Davidson; local specialties such as rum, coffee, chocolate, amber, and Larimar; as well as a marketplace for local artisans and producers.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan offers something for every traveler — world-famous beaches with crystal clear waters, incredible cuisine, rugged natural beauty and a rich history that goes back 500 years. With its ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings, San Juan makes it easy to feel as though you’ve slipped into the past. Life moves at a slower pace along the sunny cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, and salsa beats seem to waft perpetually from open windows. If you’re craving a hike, head to El Yunque National Forest. And if you’re more in the mood to unwind, set your sights on the beautiful shores of Isla Verde or El Condado. Mealtime is also an adventure, with so many delicious options to try — from mofongo and pastelon to chillo frito and alcapurrias. Pair every bite with a piña colada — Puerto Rico’s national drink.

St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - All Bahama Islands are full of tropical wonders and sun-kissed beaches; but Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas is an absolute stunner. When you feel the sugar-white sand on your toes or see its brilliant blue lagoon, you’ll understand why cruise travelers love Half Moon Cay. True bucket-list excursions, secluded cabanas, and stunning beaches make it ideal for any type of vacation.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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