Course Objectives (1 CE Credit)
While conventional dentures may enhance esthetics and offer some improvement in function for patients who have lost all their maxillary or mandibular teeth, they are inadequate for many patients due to discomfort, a diminished ability to chew and taste food, and the psychological impact of complete edentulism. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be predictably placed to support an overdenture, providing retention, added stability and an affordable alternative to conventional dentures. Compared to traditional complete dentures, implant-retained prostheses improve chewing capability, speech function, social confidence, comfort and emotional well-being. For dentists, delivering these benefits to patients can be extremely rewarding. Topics include:
- Bone loss and the effect it can have on facial esthetics and self-esteem
- Comparison of implant overdentures and traditional dentures
- The benefits of implant overdentures
- Discussion of careful diagnosis and treatment planning
- CBCT scanning techniques and proper positioning of implants used to retain an overdenture
- General protocol for determining the number of implants to place
- Techniques for ensuring a more stable prosthesis
The implant overdenture is a cost-effective solution to complete edentulism and should be presented as one of the primary treatment modalities to edentulous patients. Compared to traditional dentures, implant overdentures provide better function, stability and quality of life for patients. What’s more, the restorative protocol is relatively easy to learn, presenting an accessible gateway to implant therapy as well as significant benefits to both the patient and practice.
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.
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