9:00 am – noon
Edentulous Treatment Strategies: One Size Fits None
Bryan Limmer, DMD, MS
The number of patients requiring edentulous treatment is continuing to grow both domestically and globally. This population includes patients with long-term edentulism, who have struggled with conventional removable prosthetics for many years, as well as patients with a terminal dentition, who will soon be edentulous. However, it also includes those edentulous patients who have been previously treated with implant therapy and now require revision, retreatment, or redirection.
The diversity within the edentulous population, along with the technical difficulty of the related procedures, often makes treatment of the edentulous patient a time consuming, expensive, and challenging endeavor for many clinicians. Yet, when well planned and well executed, it can also be one of the most rewarding and life-changing aspects of our clinical practice.
The purpose of this program is to help participants understand the psychosocial impact of edentulism, identify key factors in treatment success, treatment plan and implement effective clinical strategies, and create sound maintenance protocols for their edentulous or soon-to-be edentulous patients. Specifically, Dr. Limmer will review the procedure for immediate restoration of edentulous patients with screw-retained bridges or bar overdentures on a minimum of four implants. An emphasis will be placed on the relationship and communication between the surgeon, restorative doctor and laboratory technician. There will also be restorative hands-on session for participants to handle the parts and pieces discussed.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) recognize the relationship between implant biology and biomechanics in successful implant therapy; 2) list the benefits and limitations of various restorative strategies for completely edentulous patients, with a focus on full-arch fixed restorations utilizing angled implants and multi-base abutments; 3) describe the surgical and restorative aspects of edentulous therapy including immediate temporization; and 4) explain how advancements in technology are allowing treatment of a broader patient population and refining clinical workflows.
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Edentulous Treatment Strategies: One Size Fits None (Repeated)
Bryan Limmer, DMD, MS
Repeated from morning’s session.