Full-Arch Implant Reconstruction Immediate Functional Loading


Course Faculty:

Homa H. Zadeh, DDS, PhD
Fernando Rojas-Vizcaya, DDS, MS

Course Description

Treatment of edentulous patients or dentate patients, with terminal dentition to be transitioned to edentulism poses many challenges, including anatomic proximity to critical oral structures (maxillary sinus, nasal floor, mandibular canal), limited bone volume, inappropriate bone topography and soft tissue deficiency. A variety of surgical and prosthetic solutions need to be considered. The first question is whether remaining teeth have a reasonable prognosis and can be saved. If not, various replacement options can be considered. It is necessary to determine whether utilization of existing bone along with osseous resection to harmonize the bone crest is possible. This option is often utilized for immediate functional loading. In other cases, regenerative solutions, such as sinus augmentation and alveolar ridge augmentation, will be necessary. Prosthetic solutions, such as fixed and removable restorations have to be considered. This course explores the therapeutic options for fully edentulous patients, focusing on those with compromised bone.


Educational Objectives

Decision tree for the treatment of terminal dentition:

  • Saving teeth vs. extraction

Prosthetic aesthetics:

  • Smile design
  • Extraoral and intraoral landmarks
  • Fundamentals of full-arch implant prosthetics

Treatment planning for full-arch prosthesis:

  • Considerations for maxilla vs. mandible
  • Opposing arch considerations
  • Patient preferences and expectations

Loading considerations:

  • Primary stability
  • Biologic response to load
  • Immediate vs. delayed restoration

Implant planning:

  • Implant selection, position, number and orientation

Digital workflow:

  • Virtual implant patient (VIP)
  • Prosthetic and surgical planning
  • Guided surgery prosthetic design
  • Immediate-load prosthesis
  • Definitive prosthesis

Prosthetic solutions:

  • Fixed vs. removable

Prosthetic design:

  • Cantilever length
  • Prosthetic space requirement
  • Abutment selection
  • Material selection

Surgical guide

  • Digital vs. analogue
  • Surgical and prosthetic positions

Surgical protocol:

  • Flap design and management
  • Suturing technique around prosthesis
  • Osseous resection guidelines:
    • Bone crest correction
    • Prosthetic space creation
    • Smile line consideration
    • Considerations for prosthesis contour
  • Soft tissue management:
    • Mucosal phenotype (biotype) conversion therapy
    • Vestibular depth extension
    • Contour augmentation

Anatomic considerations:

  • Surgical anatomy
  • Maxilla vs. mandible

Steps for fabricating a conversion prosthesis:

  • Conversion of existing prosthesis
  • Fabrication of new prosthesis


  • Prevention and management

Pre- and postoperative care:

  • Antibiotics and antiseptics
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Nutritional and herbal supplements


Hands-On Workshop Simulated Exercises

  • Introduction to virtual tooth position planning software
    • Tooth translation: mesial-distal, buccal-lingual
    • Intrusion-extrusion
    • Rotation
    • Crown angulation
    • Root torqueing


Live Surgery Demo

  • Implant site planning in virtual planning software
  • Guided surgery to place 4 to 6 implants
  • Osseous resection
  • Implant surgical placement: tilted and axial positioning
  • Flap management for full-arch reconstruction
  • Conversion of removable to fixed prosthesis for immediate functional loading


Educational Format

This course offers flexible educational format to accommodate all clinicians’ needs and interests.

Participation may take place either:

  • In-person or remotely (held over Zoom)
  • Live or on-demand
  • Lecture only or lecture plus hands-on workshops

Regardless of mode of participation, online resources are available to supplement live lecture material. This information is accessible on an on-demand basis.



$1995 Live In-Person: Lecture + Workshop

$1495 Remote Learning: Lecture + Workshop

$995 Remote Learning: Lectures Only

Tuition for remote workshops includes two-way shipment of all supplies to allow participants to complete the workshops in their own facility. If course materials are not returned within two weeks, $2000 will be charged to the participant.


CE Units

  • 16 hours of live lecture + hands-on workshop and live surgery demonstration


Schedule for Live Session

Friday, August 4, 2023

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM …… Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM ….. Lecture

10:00 AM to 10:30 PM ….. Break

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM ….. Lecture

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ……. Lunch

1:30 PM to 5:00 PM ……… Hands-On Workshop

Saturday, August 4, 2023

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM …… Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM ….. Lecture

10:00 AM to 10:30 PM ….. Break

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM ….. Lecture

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ……. Lunch

1:30 PM to 5:00 PM ……… Live Surgery Demo


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