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Implant Overdentures/ Digital Dentures Residency – Part B
January 21, 2017
Implant Overdentures / Digital Dentures Residency
Part A: November 11 & 12, 2016
Part B: January 21, 2017 (Live Patient)
DR. MARK LIN, B.Sc., D.D.S., M.Sc. (Prosthodontics), FRCD(C)
DR. GOTH SIU, BHSc, DMD, MS, Cert. Prosthodontics, FRCD(C), FACP
DR. ROMEO PACULANAN, DMD, Ms, Cert. Prosthodontics, FRCD(C)
Consequences associated with fully edentulism has been well documented and researched over the decades. Conventional complete dentures to replace the natural dentition represents a “compromised” tooth replacement therapy. The mandibular complete denture can be challenging for our patients to adapt due to lack of retention, stability and support. The maxillary complete denture can also impede in phonetics, taste and especially problematic for the sensitive gagging patients who cannot tolerate a full palatal acrylic coverage. The application of technology using digital dentures can improve clinical accuracies while decrease number of chair side appointments. Once the complete dentures are fabricated accurately with the application of retention, stability, and support, clinical challenges can be managed to apply dental implant retained overdentures. The predictability and high success rates of implant overdenture modalities have been well documented in the scientific literature for the past over 40 years. However, given the long history of dental implants as a viable treatment modality to edentulism, certain concepts in treatment planning can be confusing and conflicting.