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Principles of Implant Occlusion: Part 3 – Recommendations for Fixed Full-Arch Implant Prostheses (1 CE Credit)

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Course Objectives (1 CE Credit)

Randolph R. Resnik, DMD, MDS

To optimize the longevity of a completely implant-supported full-arch prosthesis, the correct occlusal scheme is of paramount importance. In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Randolph Resnik discusses the accepted and recognized ideal occlusal schemes for full-arch restorations with respect to functional and excursive positions of the mandible, including methods for reducing the biomechanical stress on the implant interface and maximizing the long-term success of the prosthesis. Topics include:

  • Advantages of fixed full-arch implant restorations
  • The introduction of monolithic zirconia in full-arch indications
  • Variables for rehabilitating the fully edentulous arch
  • Bilateral balanced occlusion
  • Group function occlusion
  • Mutually protected occlusion
  • Occlusal modifications for full-arch implant prostheses
  • The principles of implant-protected occlusion


Occlusion plays a major role in the functional and biological aspects of the full-arch implant-supported prosthesis, and the concept of implant-protected occlusion was developed to minimize the possibility of occlusal-related issues. Therefore, a properly developed and well-controlled occlusal scheme can reduce mechanical and biological complications, thus increasing the longevity of the prosthesis.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise 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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