Dr Aldo Leopardi

Aldo Leopardi

A prosthodontist by day at his private prosthodontics practice in Denver, Colorado and a rock star by night singing about the grey areas of adult life, Dr Also Leopardi has spent his life and career balancing all kinds of competing demands. Studying in both Australia, and the US where he received his specialist training and master’s degree in combined fixed, removable and implant Prosthodontics, at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, Aldo obtained his American DDS degree at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in Michigan where he was a part of the prosthodontic faculty. Lecturing nationally on subjects involving fixed, removable and implant dentistry, he is involved in clinical research, as well as being the founder of the Denver Implant Study Club and the Knowledge Factory, the aim of which is “to provide independent, non-biased, clinically relevant and evidence-based protocols and techniques.

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Clinical realities of implant restoration in aesthetic zone
Main Scientific Program
Thursday 2nd May
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

In the partially edentulous patient, achieving functionally acceptable treatment outcomes is often realized.  However, when tooth replacement is required in the aesthetic zone, the additional challenge of meeting both patient and clinician aesthetic expectations may prove to be an exponential one.  The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the literature and clinical realities of dental implant therapy and complications and how we can apply what we learn toward improved aesthetic zone treatment planning and clinical procedures. 
Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand common complications and pitfalls.
  • Have an improved understanding of dental implant treatment planning in the aesthetic zone, especially when missing multiple anterior teeth.
  • Discuss immediate provisionalization alternatives.
  • Discuss current workflow utilizing guided surgery to help achieve improved outcomes

3 Unit Bridge vs Implant Restoration
Main Scientific Program
Friday 3rd May
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
Location TBA

What is better, a single unit implant supported restoration, or a three-unit tooth borne bridge?  As dental clinicians, intuitively we favor the implant.  However, what do we base this bias on?  The objective of this presentation is to discuss the various aspects of tooth borne splinted restorations, implant survival rates, and restorative management of patient dental tooth replacement needs in order to shine some objective light on this important question.  

Learning Outcomes:
•    Understand documented tooth borne and implant supported restoration survival rates.
•    Discuss abutment teeth criteria that impact overall bridge prognoses.
•    Develop improved communication skills with patients regarding the benefits of implant dentistry.


Pink Aesthetic Substitute
Main Scientific Program
Saturday 4th May
9:05 AM - 9:50 AM

Implant dentistry in the Maxillary anterior aesthetic zone is considerably more challenging than other regions.  Additionally, when multiple anterior teeth are missing, bone deficiencies and/or complications are encountered, management of the soft-tissue profiles becomes exponentially difficult.  The purpose of this presentation is to discuss realistic expectations of dental implant hard and soft tissue management and when to use prosthetic equivalents.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Have an improved understanding of clinical challenges in compromised Maxillary aesthetic regions.

  • Discuss alternate treatment planning concepts and prosthetic design.

  • Understand when soft tissue manipulation is indicated and appropriate techniques.

  • Discuss prosthetic soft-tissue equivalents.

Prosthodontic Soft Tissue Manipulation
Main Scientific Program
Saturday 4th May
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM

Aesthetic zone implant therapy requires an understanding of multiple factors and disciplines, including treatment planning, 3D implant positioning, Implant spacing, digital work flow, surgical technique and restorative materials just to name a few.  However, once implants are in place and uncovered, can we take it to the finish line and restore to completion?  The objective of this presentation is to present provisionalization techniques in the aesthetic zone that can help to minimize the gap between expectations and finish line realities.

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Understand direct and indirect provisionalization techniques.
  • Develop custom impression posts replicating ideal tissue profiles.
  • Understand updated concepts on emergence profile.

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