Michael McCracken, DDS, PhD & Guy Rosentiel, DMD, MAGD
Comprehensive Implant Residency Program (CIRP)
The best way to learn new dental techniques is to practice them in a mentored environment.
A year-long course that covers advanced implant topics.
In our Comprehensive Implant Residency Program we operate every session. Patients are provided for these experiences and you will follow the patients post-operatively. It is common for our delegates to place 20-30 implants in a day. Delegates then review and discuss their cases in a study club environment. This completes the learning loop and provides an unparalleled learning experience.
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Our commitment to hands-on surgical experiences separates us from other courses offered around the country. While we emphasize science, literature, and a structured approach to implant education, we believe in a hands-on approach to teaching. Each Friday of the course, starting in the second session, delegates can expect to have mentored clinical experiences (see “Licensure” section). As course delegates develop in their learning curve, both the complexity of cases and the breadth of experiences increase. Generally, we place between 20-30 implants in a weekend with course residents.
Scope of Practice
At the beginning of the course, patients are selected who typically require one to two implants placed in abundant bone. As delegates become comfortable with the fundamentals of treatment planning and the mechanics of basic implant placement, patient complexity increases. A major goal of our program is for delegates to develop confidence treating the edentulous arch, especially the edentulous mandible, and patients requiring multiple extractions and immediate implant placement. Delegates can anticipate several experiences in this area.
As the course progresses, residents will learn critical skills for implant success. These include ridge width grafting, sinus elevation, and immediate implant placement in esthetic areas. The combination of didactic education, clinical application, and case review work together to form excellence in education. These define any residency program.
Curriculum and Didactic Plan
Excellence in implant dentistry can only be achieved through a fundamental knowledge of the science, followed by ample, ongoing practice.
Our education program in implant dentistry starts with the basics. While many clinicians will have some implant experience prior to the course, it is important to standardize the group and ensure that everyone has a basic understanding of implant dentistry concepts. These concepts include medical evaluation of patients, and physical assessment.
Clinicians must understand biomechanics and force factors to properly treatment plan for successful implants, as well as the biomaterial aspects of the discipline. Following these discussions, implant complications are explored, as well as management. Radiographic assessment is presented to provide clinicians with a range of practical and also advanced techniques for managing implant site analysis. Mechanics of implant placement are covered in depth, as well as suturing and wound closure techniques, both of which are presented in hands-on lab exercises. Other topics include biology of wound healing as it pertains to clinical implant practice, and contemporary concepts of implant integration.
Later in the course, attention is turned to site development. At this point delegates advance from socket grafting to ridge width grafting to sinus elevation. These grafting technique sessions are reinforced with hands-on labs. Didactic information is presented in support of these techniques, such as biology of grafting, graft materials, and biological enhancements, with emphasis on PRF for improved results.
Always, throughout the program, delegates are exposed to extensive treatment planning discussions. Residents will present plans and discuss them with the group in a seminar format. While the emphasis of the program is surgical, considerable time is also spent on restorative aspects of implant dentistry. Clinical opportunities are available for implant restorations as well as surgery.
Michael McCracken, DDS, PhD
Dr. Michael McCracken is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, and executive director of the Foundry Dental Center, a nonprofit dental clinic that serves as a safety net for people in need in Bessemer, Alabama.
Dr. McCracken lectures internationally on topics related to implant dentistry and the restoration of complex dental patients. He is known for his ability to explain difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand, and for a practical approach toward continuing education. He has mentored hundreds of students in surgical implant placement, earning the reputation as an approachable and capable teacher who enjoys helping dentists successfully integrate implant dentistry into their practices.
Dr. McCracken received his dental degree from the University of North Carolina and completed a prosthodontic residency at UAB School of Dentistry. He also earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at UAB, focusing on research related to growth factors and the healing of implants in compromised hosts. His past roles within the University include: Director of Graduate Prosthodontics, Director of Graduate Implant Training Program, Associate Dean for Education and Curriculum Development, Director of Biomaterials, and Director of Pre-Doctoral Implant Education.
Guy Rosentiel, DMD, MAGD
Dr. Guy Rosenstiel is a graduate of the UAB School of Dentistry, and completed a residency in general dentistry at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital. He earned a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007 and has gone on to build a successful private practice with a strong emphasis on dental implants. His clinical mentoring is among the best in the field, and he has helped dozens of dentists in the Birmingham community refine their skills in implant surgery and oral medicine. He has particular strengths in oral medicine, medical evaluation of patients, and site development skills including ridge splitting techniques.
Dr. Rosenstiel has a passion for continuing education, completing coursework in dental anesthesiology, dental implants, endodontics, and CAD/CAM restorations. He has served as President of the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry, and teaches part-time at the UAB School of Dentistry. He brings a wealth of practical experience with him to the courses he teaches, including insight on how to implement dental implants into a private practice setting, and how to manage the business aspects of implant dentistry.
Tuition and Fees
This course requires a significant investment in time and resources. It is intended for clinicians who wish to develop advanced skills in implant dentistry, and are committed to applying these skills in their practices.
Many of our course delegates recoup their initial investment during the time of the course, and the expectation is that clinicians will realize a return on their investment that generously rewards the time spent in the course. We strive to make sure each clinician is fully equipped to effectively put their implant skills into practice.
Option 1: Early Bird Special
Save over $5,000!
Cost is $29,500
A deposit of $4,500 holds your spot in the course, which can be paid using a credit card below. The balance of payment is due by April 15, 2015, by check. Please make checks payable to Precision Dental Implants, and mail to 2645 Altadena Rd, Birmingham, Alabama, 35243.
Option 2: Pre-Payment in Full
Cost is $32,500
A deposit of $4,500 holds your spot in the course, which can be paid using a credit card. The balance of the payment is due July 31, 2015, by check. Please make checks payable to Precision Dental Implants, and mail to 2645 Altadena Rd, Birmingham, Alabama, 35243.
Option 3: Regular Tuition
You'll make it back in no time.
Cost is $36,500
A deposit of $4,500 holds your spot in the course. Your credit card will be charged $3,200 monthly until balance is paid beginning August 1, 2015.
Tuition & Registration Policy
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is secured only when payment is received in the office. Clinicians may cancel/drop the course at any time. However, all payments received are non-refundable.
Clinicians wishing to finance the course can, as an option, contact:
Mr. Jonathan Strickland
6801 Cahaba Valley Rd
All delegates must be licensed to practice in Alabama. Delegates licensed elsewhere in the U.S. can contact the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners to apply for a limited license. This permit allows the clinician to practice up to 10 days in a calendar year, and costs approximately $100.
A 3-year permit is also available, but it is more expensive and requires a background check. The 10-day permit is much simpler to obtain. Clinicians should allow ample time to receive the Alabama license prior to the start of the course.
Delegates must contact their insurance carriers to add oure clinic address to their professional liability policy.
1700 6th Ave North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
Delegates should maintain $1,000,000 in coverage with $3,000,000 aggregate.
Patient Surgical Experiences
Yes, we operate at every session, with a demo surgery the first session, and up to eight delegate surgeries at all other sessions.
We recruit and provide patients for these sessions, or delegates may bring their own patients. We cannot guarantee this service for every person in every session because many factors are out of our control. However, we have back-up patients and make tremendous effort to provide delegates a surgery each time. We have been very successful at this to date. We provide the patients. We mentor your surgical experience. You learn and excel.
- Thursday, 2-6 pm
Treatment planning for surgical cases, lectures, hands-on exercises
- Friday, 8 am-5 pm
- Saturday, 8 am-noon
Review surgeries; patient screening; lectures
Hotels / Lodging
Several hotels are readily available in the area, generally some 5-10 miles from the clinical facility.
Many use the following hotels:
- Embassy Suites Birmingham - Hoover
- Wynfrey Hotel
- Hampton Inn Bessemer
- Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Hotels: Inexpensive and Convenient (close to clinic)
- Best Western Hotel and Suites, $90
- Comfort Inn, $85
- Hampton Inn in Bessemer
- Holiday Inn Express Bessemer, $100
CIRP Surgical and Didactic Schedule
Comprehensive Implant Residency Program Sessions (3-days each)
Session 1: Basics
Treatment planning, medical evaluation, cone beam CT analysis, hands-on labs, demo surgery
Session 2: Mandibles
Treating the edentulous mandible; overdenture protocols; hybrid dentures and restorations
Session 3: Ridge Grafting
Socket grafting; lateral ridge grafting; biology of wound healing; grafting materials; membranes
Session 4: Complications
Complications and medical emergencies; advanced wound closure; anesthesia
Session 5: Maxillae
Treating the edentulous maxilla; implant placement and restorations; bone density; effective tx plans
Session 6: Ridge Splitting
Grafting materials; techniques for site development; block graft overview; ridge splitting techniques
Session 7: Sinus Grafting
Sinus anatomy and biology; augmentation techniques, intraosseous sinus lift procedures
Session 8: Sinus Graft
Lateral approach sinus grafting; managing complications; all-on-four techniques (tilted implants)
Session 9: CBCT Surgery
Using CBCT for guided implant placement; flapless surgical protocols; milled abutments
Attendance expectations. We recognize that with busy schedules, some delegates may need to miss a session or two. Efforts will be made to reschedule the surgical experience if the delegate wishes to do so and make up the surgery.
- Session 1 is primarily didactic and demo surgery with some hands-on exercises.
Register below to reserve a spot, or call 256-797-1964.
2016 – 2017 Schedule:
- Session 1: August 18 – 20
- Session 2: September 15 – 17
- Session 3: October 20 – 22
- Session 4: December 1 – 3
- Session 5: January 12 – 14
- Session 6: February 9 – 11
- Session 7: March 30 – April 1
- Session 8: May 4 – 6
- Session 9: June 1 – 3
Requires a $4,500 deposit
12 spots available