george e bambara dental speaker
george bambara, dental speaker

TOPICS:

  • Clinical
  • General Dentistry
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics

George E. Bambara, MS, DMD

George E. Bambara, M.S., D.M.D. lectures extensively to dentists on Precision Attachment Prosthetics both nationally and internationally and conducts informative and educational seminars and hands-on workshops. He has been recognized as a “Top Clinician in Continuing Education” by Dentistry Today magazine. Dr Bambara is a graduate and faculty of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine of New Jersey.






Lecture Courses

All You Wanted to Know About Attachment Dentistry, But Were Afraid to Ask!

This course covers all aspects of attachment dentistry in detail and takes the mystery out of treatment planning segmented fixed bridges, removable partial dentures, overdentures on natural teeth or implants.

Attachment dentistry provides superior cosmetic and functional alternatives to the traditional cast partial denture with clasps. Attachments are simply rigid or resilient connectors that redirect the forces of occlusion. They are stress attenuators and absorbers. Their function is to preserve soft tissue and bone as well as provide retention, correction of angular discrepancies and cosmetic alternatives.

This all day program emphasizes the rationale for using precision and semi-precision attachments in the treatment planning of fixed and removable partial dentures, overdentures and implants. Each of these prosthetic options is discussed in detail, especially implants which require special treatment planning considerations. The role of the restorative dentist is clarified as the one who initiates treatment planning the amount of implants that will insure success through the use of study models, wax bites, occlusal set ups and surgical stents. A clear understanding of what needs to be achieved must be established first by the restorative dentist and communicated to the surgeon and to the patient. Implants must be placed where they can be successfully restored and not just where there is available bone.

Greater understanding of these disciplines will lead to greater practice utilization and incorporation of dental attachments in our practices. Various types of coronal and radicular resilient and non-resilient attachments are discussed including bars joints and bar units, studs and magnets. A logical approach to the treatment planning of attachment dentistry is presented which insures long term success and patient satisfaction.

Clinical cases are reviewed and participants will gather knowledge, excitement and confidence enabling them to utilize attachments in their daily practice immediately. Participants are encouraged to bring questions which will be discussed throughout the presentation as well as any of their past experiences with dental attachments.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale for using attachments in fixed and removable prosthetics on abutments, roots and implants
  • Become familiar with precision and semi-precision attachments, studs, rod and tubes, magnets, bars and other types of fixed, segmented, removable, and overdenture attachments
  • Be able to immediately incorporate attachment dentistry into patient treatment planning
  • Learn how to first do occlusal set ups and create surgical stents
  • Learn the Do’s and Don’ts in attachment case treatment planning
  • Learn what precision and semi-precision attachments are and how they are used in prosthetic dentistry.
  • Become familiar with rigid and resilient intracoronal and extracoronal attachments − Impression taking techniques, accurate bite registration and model articulation
  • Clinical photography and laboratory involvement
  • Relining techniques
  • A logical approach to begin incorporating attachment dentistry into our treatment planning.
  • Learn to take a closer look at the redistribution of traumatic forces to bone, soft tissue, teeth and implants and understand how they are affected
  • Learn how to control loading and rotational forces
  • Learn relining techniques
  • Learn to convert a fixed attachment retained partial denture to a removable attachment retained partial denture

Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

This course teaches the differences between precision and semi-precision attachments and incorporates their uses in the treat planning of removable partial dentures, overdentures, segmented fixed bridgework and overdentures.

Attachment dentistry provides superior cosmetic and functional alternatives to the traditional cast partial denture with clasps. Attachments are simply rigid or resilient connectors that redirect the forces of occlusion. They are stress attenuators and absorbers. Their function is to preserve soft tissue and bone as well as provide retention, correction of angular discrepancies and cosmetic alternatives.

This all day program emphasizes the rationale for using precision and semi-precision attachments in the treatment planning of fixed and removable partial dentures, overdentures and implants. Each of these prosthetic options is discussed in detail providing a greater understanding leading to practice utilization. Various types of coronal and radicular resilient and non-resilient attachments are discussed including bars joints and bar units, studs and magnets. A logical approach to the treatment planning of attachment dentistry is presented which insures long-term success and patient satisfaction.

Clinical cases are reviewed and participants will gather knowledge, excitement and confidence enabling them to utilize attachments in their daily practice immediately. Participants are encouraged to bring questions which will be discussed throughout the presentation as well as any of their past experiences with attachments.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale for using attachments in fixed and removable prosthetics on abutments, roots and implants
  • Become familiar with precision and semi-precision attachments, studs, rod and tubes, magnets, bars and other types of fixed, removable, segmented and overdenture attachments
  • Be able to successfully incorporate attachment dentistry into patient treatment planning

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

This course covers all aspects of attachment dentistry in detail and takes the mystery out of treatment planning segmented fixed bridges, removable partial dentures, overdentures on natural teeth or implants.

The rationale for using attachments in overdentures on natural and implants is explored as well as various overdenture attachment systems and treatment plan. The attachment retained overdenture offers a superior alternative to the conventional overdenture and has many more advantages. Besides the incredible retention and stability attachments provide, patients also experience superior esthetics, increased proprioception, psychological security and comfort.

The rationale for using rigid or resilient attachments is explored in load and non-load bearing situations and the direct and indirect method of placement and pick up is discussed. Differences between implants and natural teeth are discussed. The use of intraradicular and extraradicular attachments as well as bar joints, bar units, studs, magnets, and other types of overdenture attachments are simplified. Start to finish clinical cases are reviewed.

Participants will gather knowledge, excitement and confidence which will enable them to immediately start treatment planning attachment retained overdentures.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various dental overdenture attachment systems which includes studs, bars and accessory attachments
  • Learn how to incorporate rigid or resilient attachments to insure successful treatment planning
  • Learn the differences between treatment planning overdentures on roots and implants and why the process is not the same
  • Understand the differences between treatment planning overdenture attachments on copings and post attachments placed inside roots.

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Overdentures provide many advantages over the complete denture. The use of a bar in overdenture fabrication allows for greater stability, retention and esthetics. Bars create parallel paths of insertion which solve many problems associated with less that ideal tooth or implant positions. Bars can be ridgid or resilient and allow occlusal forces to be directed down the long axis of the root or implant. A variety of circum-bar, intrabar, and extra-bar attachment designs are discussed as well as the rationale for using bars in overdenture construction.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the differences in bar attachments
  • Select the proper bar attachment to insure treatment planning success
  • Learn how bar attachments redirect destructive occlusal forces
  • Understand the differences between placing bar attachments on implants and natural teeth
  • Learn how bar attachments can correct unequal paths of insertion problems caused by improper implant placement or splayed roots

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Attachment and implant dentistry provide a very functional and esthetic means to achieve the treatment planning objectives of the dentist as well as overwhelming patient satisfaction. Attachments are rigid or resilient connectors that redirect the forces of occlusion. They are stress attenuators and absorbers. Their function is to protect and preserve soft tissue and bone, as well as provide retention and cosmetic alternatives. Implants are devices that are rigidly fixated to bone. This characteristic differentiates them from natural teeth. Their long term success depends on bone characteristics, occlusal relationships and loading forces as well as the types of attachments selected.

The course explores the rationale for using attachments as connectors to implants. It clarifies the role of the restorative dentist who initiates treatment planning the amount of implants that will insure success through the use of study models, wax bites, occlusal set ups and surgical stents. A clear understanding of what needs to be achieved must be established first by the restorative dentist and communicated to the surgeon and to the patient. Implants must be placed where they can be successfully restored and not just where there is available bone.

Treatment planning options from two to ten implants are presented. Various precision and semi-precision attachment cases are reviewed along with numerous types of resilient and non-resilient bar units, joints, studs, magnets, screws, and various accessory attachments. The quantity and quality of available bone, various ridge relationships, number of implants placed and the anterior-posterior spread are explained and elaborated. Treatment plans are presented using attachments and implants in a variety of removable or fixed prosthetics approaches.

Clinical cases are reviewed and a logical approach to the treatment planning of attachment and implants is presented which insures long term success and patient satisfaction. Participants will gather knowledge, excitement and confidence enabling them to utilize attachments and implants in their daily practice immediately.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions which will be discussed throughout the presentation as well as any of their past experiences with attachments.

Learning Objectives

  • Have a fuller understanding of how rigid or resilient attachments work to insure successful implant prosthetics
  • Explore the treatment possibilities using bars and stud attachments
  • Learn how to first do occlusal set ups and create surgical stents
  • Learn the Do’s and Don’ts in attachment case treatment planning
  • Learn the treatment planning differences between implants and natural teeth
  • Learn how to successfully treatment plan two to eight implants using attachments
  • Learn how accessory attachments work to enhance retention and esthetics
  • Gain a new level of confidence in treatment planning attachment retained fixed, segmented or overdenture prosthetics

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Precision and Semi-Precision attachments are classified according to function. Six different attachments are discussed and the function of each is described. The participants will understand why different attachments are used in various treatment planning scenarios.

At the completion of this course, dentists will:

  • Understand how attachments can be used to protect teeth or implants
  • Understand how dental attachments allow the prosthesis to move in various directions
  • Simplify the treatment planning process and attachment selection
  • Understand that attachments serve to redistribute occlusal forces

Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Implants are many times mistakenly treatment planned as crowns or bridges on natural abutments. Successful planning must start with a restorative occlusal plan that includes stents for implant placement and continues through the final stages of prosthetic design. By redirecting occlusal forces using dental attachments as well as recognizing clinical variants as implant angulation, bucco-lingual placement, cuspal inclines, implant placement depth, anterior-posterior spread, arch form and implant loading, success, longevity, and patient satisfaction can be insured.

Learning Objectives

  • The need to establish an occlusal set up
  • The need to use an occlusal stent
  • The need to establish a good working relation with the restorative dentist
  • The need to understand the differences between implants and natural teeth

Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Attachment Retained Partials vs. the Cast Partial Denture:
Discusses the fabrication and design of the removable partial denture and compares it to the attachment retained partial denture

Precision and Semi-Precision Attachments — Fixed and Removable prosthetics:
Defines the precision and semi-precision attachment in theory and practice

The Attachment Retained Overdenture:
Discusses the rationale for overdenture fabrication and demonstrates the advantages of the attachment retained overdenture

The Bar Overdenture:
Advantages and disadvantages of bars as overdenture attachments as wellas removable partial denture attachments are expanded upon as well as their role in implant dentistry

Attachments and Implants:
Various attachment and treatment planning designs are considered in accordance with the number and placement of implants in the dental arches. Various philosophies and rationales are discussed

Case Studies:
Cases are reviewed and discussed.

Hands on demonstrations of various attachment systems will take place throughout the lecture series

Main Purpose of Course: To educate dental students, laboratory technicians on attachment dentistry

Objective of Course: To teach dental students, laboratory technicians how to utilize
attachments in fixed and removable prosthetics

Course Content: Precision and Semi-Precision attachment utilization in general practice

Additional Topics Covered by Lecture:

  • The ERA attachment system-direct and indirect technique
  • The Locator attachment system-direct and indirect technique
  • The Shiner Smart Magnet system
  • Ball/Stud attachment systems

Number of Students: 25
Number of Weeks of Program: 8

Suggested Audience:Dental Students, Dentists, Laboratory Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Attachments are used in many areas of dental treatment planning including implants, removable partial dentures, overdentures, and segmented fixed bridgework. Dentists have many treatment planning questions on how to include attachments in prosthetic dentistry, as well as how to use attachments as stress breakers and stress releasers on natural roots as well as implants. This Case Studies Course directly relates the dentist with many treatment planning alternatives and examines cases that simplify and clarify the functional uses of precision and semi-precision attachments including bars, studs, rod and tubes, resilient and non-resilient attachments. Treatment planning becomes easier when cases are explored from start to finish

Main Purpose of Course:
Using many case studies, this course demonstrates treatment planning options for implants and rootattachment systems prosthetics.

Upon successful completion of this course, the attendees will:

  • Explore many cases from start to finish and have a fuller understanding of how rigid or resilient attachments work to insure successful prosthetics
  • Explore the treatment possibilities using bars and stud attachments
  • Learn how to treatment plan attachments on natural teeth, roots and implants
  • Learn how to successfully treatment plan up to eight implants using attachments
  • Learn how accessory attachments work to enhance retention and esthetics
  • Gain a new level of confidence in treatment planning attachment retained fixed, removable, fixed segmented and overdenture prosthetics

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

Hands-on Workshops

The participants will work on a typodont model with two roots placed in the anterior mandible. Two root attachment systems will be discussed and utilized. Each root is prepared separately using the proprietary reamers and countersink armamantariam. The attachment is then cemented into the root. The process of how the male or female attachment is picked up in bisacryl is performed for each of the attachment system. The corresponding male or female retentive element located in the overdenture is checked for retention on the model after trimming and finishing. This element is then changed and a new one is replaced, simulating what is done chairside by the dentist.

The workshop will include the demonstration of appropriate block out materials. A hands-on approach will be used throughout the session as well as a PowerPoint presentation.

The participants will:

  • Prepare roots and cement direct overdenture attachments
  • Cure male attachments with metal housings in an overdenture
  • Replace worn male attachment with another male attachment
  • Parallel attachments demonstrating angulated abutment teeth
  • Learn how to blockout a Hader bar for chairside pick-up

At the conclusion of the session, participants will experience increased confidence when placing attachments chairside, a familiarity of attachment dynamics, and the ability to include attachments in the treatment planning of removable prosthetics.

It is suggested that participants bring their magnifying loupes as well as a laboratory coat.

Limited to 30 participants

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists and Lab Technicians

The participants will work on a typodont model with two roots placed in the anterior mandible. Two root attachment systems will be discussed and utilized. Each root is prepared separately using the proprietary reamers and countersink armamantariam. The attachment is then cemented into the root. The process of how the male or female attachment is picked up in bisacryl is performed for each of the attachment system. The corresponding male or female retentive element located in the overdenture is checked for retention on the model after trimming and finishing. This element is then changed and a new one is replaced, simulating what is done chairside by the dentist.

The workshop will include the demonstration of appropriate block out materials. A hands-on approach will be used throughout the session as well as a PowerPoint presentation.

The participants will:

  • Prepare roots and cement direct overdenture attachments
  • Cure male attachments with metal housings in an overdenture
  • Replace worn male attachment with another male attachment
  • Parallel attachments demonstrating angulated abutment teeth
  • Learn how to blockout a Hader bar for chairside pick-up

At the conclusion of the session, participants will experience increased confidence when placing attachments chairside, a familiarity of attachment dynamics, and the ability to include attachments in the treatment planning of removable prosthetics. It is suggested that participants bring their magnifying loupes as well as a laboratory coat.

Limited to 30 participants

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists and Lab Technicians

The attachment retained overdenture provides comfort, stability and retention beyond the limits of the traditional overdenture.

Each hour, a different attachment is used to demonstrate the simplicity of the direct overdenture technique. An attachment is cemented into a root on a typodont model and its corresponding male or female is picked up in a self-curing acrylic. All aspects of the specific attachment are presented as well as a discussion of the rationale for using attachments in dentistry. Overdenture fabrication technique is discussed as well as space evaluation, requirements and relining. All participants will observe:

  • Preparation of the root to accept an attachment
  • Cementation of the attachment into a root
  • Block out techniques
  • Direct pick-up of the corresponding male or female in the denture
  • Relining techniques

Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Learn all about one specific overdenture attachment system
  • Pick and choose which attachment they would like to work with
  • Learn as much as possible in a short period of time with a limited audience
  • Gain a new level of knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm that can be used immediately

Suggested Format: Half-day
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Lab Technicians and Dental Auxiliaries

George E. Bambara, M.S., D.M.D. is on faculty at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the International Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the New York State Dental Society and the Richmond County Dental Society, where he served as President in 1998.

Dr. Bambara lectures nationally and internationally on attachment prosthetics and has been selected as one of the “Top Clinicians in Continuing Education” from 2005 to the present by Dentistry Today magazine. Dr. Bambara publishes articles on attachment dentistry and has authored a chapter on Precision and Semi-Precision Attachments in the recently published textbook Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry. Dr Bambara was inducted into the College of Staten Island Hall of Fame in 1997.

“I had a great time at your seminar and really enjoyed all the interaction the group had. I like the location at Olde Vine and didn’t mind the drive.”

–Bill Walker (Attendee at the Attachment Dentistry Seminar, Long Island, NY)


“Thanks for such a great course. I have been using attachments for years but it was good to finally understand the differences and indications. Your knowledge is encyclopedic and I thank you for being such a good teacher.”

–Dr. J.L.


“You are one of the few who understand and keep the concept of precision and semi-precision attachments alive.”

–Dr. E.S.


“I took Dr. Bambara’s course on implants and attachments and found it to be extremely practical and informative. He is a wonderful resource for difficult cases. I highly recommend anyone doing bar-retained prosthesis to take his course.”


“The confidence I gained in the workshop enabled me to not be afraid of using dental attachments.”


“Too bad we didn’t learn this stuff in Dental School!”


“I never learned so much useful information in such a short period of time.”


“The presentation was easy to understand and very logically presented. The handouts and attachment materials made all the difference.”


“I enjoyed your attachment course last Friday and Saturday. I saw some of the attachments demonstrated on the floor per your suggestion, and I am going to begin to use them.”


“The speaker was excellent; all the questions I had coming into the course were answered.”

Why choose Dr. Bambara?
  • Recognized as a “Top Clinician in Continuing Education” by Dentistry Today magazine (from 2005 to the present)
  • Holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the International Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics
  • On faculty at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine of New Jersey
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island
  • Dr. Bambara lectures nationally and internationally on attachment prosthetics
  • He authored a chapter on Precision and Semi-Precision Attachments in the recently published textbook Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry

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