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Continuing Dental Education

The Dark Side of the Screw: Complication Management in Implant Prosthodontics

Despoina Bompolaki, DDS, MS, FACP

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

The high success outcomes and patient satisfaction rates that are achieved with implant-supported restorations have led to an increased number of patients receiving dental implant therapy worldwide. But, how can implant dentistry look like in real life? The more a clinician is involved in restoring dental implants, the more likely they are to encounter prosthetic-related complications that require proper diagnosis and effective management. This presentation will provide an overview of the most commonly observed restorative complications of fixed and removable implant prostheses. Risk factors, prevention and diagnosis as well as management options based on current evidence will be discussed. Specific focus will be given in providing clinical tips for diagnosing and managing the most commonly encountered prosthesis-related complications in implant dentistry.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the most common technical complications that can affect implant prostheses.
  • Identify risk factors that may increase the complication rate of implant prostheses.
  • Select the appropriate management protocol for implant complications that are encountered in clinical practice.


Dr. Despoina BompolakiDr. Despoina Bompolaki is a Prosthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. She holds a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. In 2014, she received a Certificate in Prosthodontics and completed a Master’s in Oral Biology from Texas A&M University (Baylor College of Dentistry). During this 3-year training program, she received extensive experience with complex case management, including full mouth reconstructions on teeth and dental implants. In 2015, she joined Oregon Health & Science University, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. She is the Course Director for several Restorative courses, supervises pre-doctoral students during their clinical training, and lectures to the Periodontology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and General Practice postgraduate residents. Dr. Bompolaki’s clinical research in Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics has been funded by the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics as well as the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation, and her published work has been recognized nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and a member of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), the American Academy of Dental Research (AADR) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and serves on several committees at a national level, within these organizations. Dr. Bompolaki has maintained an active clinical practice throughout her academic career, focused on fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics.

Course Logistics

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.