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Removable and Fixed Solutions for the Edentulous Patient

June 15, 2019
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Paresh B. Patel, DDS

Course Objectives

1 CE Credit

Modern dentistry affords the clinician a range of options for successful treatment of the fully edentulous patient. In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Paresh Patel demonstrates how, by carefully considering the oral health and devise a treatment plan that effectively restores form and function.

Topics include:

  • Treatment options for the edentulous patient
  • Anatomical factors to consider when treatment planning a full-arch restoration
  • The advantages of implant-supported full-arch restorations
  • Treatment protocol for combination denture and implant cases
  • Intraoral and radiographic examination of the edentulous patient
  • Extraction with immediate implant placement for patients with terminal dentition
  • Basic surgical and bone grafting techniques for full-arch implant cases
  • Immediate provisionalization with a fixed temporary denture
  • Restorative workflow for the monolithic zirconia full-arch implant prosthesis


Practitioners have several options for treating the edentulous arch, providing a great deal of flexibility in addressing the unique needs of each case. By comprehensively assessing the patient’s chief complaint, bone volume and anatomical landmarks, as well as the fit, stability and comfort of any existing oral appliances, clinicians can confidently determine whether a traditional complete denture or an implant-supported prosthesis is indicated.

Recognition & Approval

Glidewell Education Center 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.

Glidewell Education Center
Nationally Approved PACE Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority, or AGD endorsement. 3/1/2021 to 2/29/2024.
Provider ID# 216789

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Paresh B. Patel, DDS

Dr. Paresh Patel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Medical College of Georgia/AAID MaxiCourse. A clinical instructor who has placed more than 5,000 implants, Dr. Patel has published numerous articles in leading dental journals, is a Diplomate of the ICOI, and has worked extensively as a lecturer and clinical consultant on dental implants and prosthetics for several companies.


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  7. Najafi H, Siadat H, Akbari S, Rokn A. Effects of immediate and delayed loading on the outcomes of all-on-4 treatment: a prospective study. J Dent (Tehran). 2016 Nov;13(6):415-22.

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