Course Objectives (1 CE Credit)
Both fixed implant-supported restorations and removable overdentures have an immediate, life-changing effect on patients suffering from an edentulous arch or terminal dentition. Offering a significant improvement over conventional complete dentures, both treatment options effectively mitigate the bone resorption that occurs following the loss of teeth, helping to preserve the oral and facial structures and, by extension, the self-confidence of fully edentulous patients. Dr. Paresh Patel reviews a case in which one arch is restored with an implant overdenture and the other with a monolithic zirconia full-arch implant prosthesis, demonstrating the great deal of clinical flexibility practitioners have today in overhauling the oral health of patients. Topics include:
- The effects of edentulism on the patient’s quality of life
- Treatment options for terminal dentition
- Benefits of implant overdentures
- Advantages of the monolithic zirconia full-arch implant prosthesis
- Economical means of improving prosthetic retention and stability
- Surgical techniques for implant therapy
- Considerations for achieving sufficient primary implant stability
- Providing edentulous patients with same-day temporary restorations
- Restorative protocols for both implant overdentures and monolithic zirconia full-arch implant prostheses
Whatever their oral health, needs and finances, nearly all patients now have a viable treatment option, from the entry-level, cost-effective implant overdenture to the fixed, highly durable, solid zirconia full-arch implant prosthesis. By implementing straightforward restorative protocols, practitioners can bring significant relief to patients with terminal dentition or an uncomfortable, poorly performing traditional denture, helping them overcome severe functional and esthetic challenges that, prior to implant treatment, can impact virtually every aspect of their life.
CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.
- Yunus N, Masood M, Saub R, Al-Hashedi AA, Taiyeb Ali TB, Thomason JM. Impact of mandibular implant prostheses on the oral health-related quality of life in partially and completely edentulous patients. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2016 Jul;27(7):904-9.
- Martín-Ares M, Barona-Dorado C, Guisado-Moya B, Martínez-Rodríguez N, Cortés-Bretón-Brinkmann J, Martínez-González JM. Prosthetic hygiene and functional efficacy in completely edentulous patients: satisfaction and quality of life during a 5-year follow-up. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Apr 20.