Rehabilitation of an edentulous arch involves fundamental principles of tooth and jaw position, as well as the interrelationship among bone, implant, soft tissue, prosthesis design and lip frame. These assessments must be made prior to beginning any treatment, and can be performed either physically or virtually. However, both worlds have their place in the planning and execution of such a case. Certain information can only be obtained digitally, while other information only clinically. This type of case must be handled carefully in order to avoid an unexpected result on delivery day. Various tools to plan and execute the rehabilitation of an edentulous arch with an implant supported fixed prosthesis or implant overdenture will be presented.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Know if a full-arch case is suitable for a fixed vs. removable prosthesis.
• Avoid prosthodontic complications in replacing an edentulous arch with implants.