Comprehensive Treatment of the Dentally Exhausted Patient

Dr. Carl Drago is presently the Clinical Director, Eon Clinics, Waukesha, WI. He also serves as a Section Editor for the Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Drago is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and the American College of Dentists. He has published over 75 articles in refereed dental journals and has submitted his fourth textbook on implant restorative dentistry to the publisher.

Dr. Geoffrey Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and attended Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, GA. In addition, he has earned a certificate in prosthodontics from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a B.S. degree in Dental Materials from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Thompson joined the faculty at the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2010, coming from the U.S. Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, Great Lakes, IL. His research focused on the challenge of preventing ballistic injuries to the eyes, face, and neck regions of combat soldiers. Currently, Dr. Thompson is the Program Director for Graduate Prosthodontics.

Dr. Kenneth Waliszewski graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1971. He proceeded directly into the Graduate Prosthodontic program at Marquette and completed the program with a certificate in prosthodontics and his M.S. degree in 1974. Dr. Waliszewski then joined the U.S. Navy as a prosthodontist at the Balboa Navy Hospital in San Diego, CA and served his country until 1976. He then began a career in private practice that spanned the next 5 decades, while at the same time joined the faculty at Marquette as an adjunct professor where he taught prosthodontics to ­­pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Course Description:

At the present time, patient treatment that ­involves ­progressive periodontitis, dental caries and/or ­edentulism is not curative; these patients must be ­managed over long time frames. Due to the nature of the diseases, many ­patients come to the 'end of the road' and ask dental practitioners for ­either ­extractions and/or ­dentures or simply stop ­coming for ­recare ­treatments and ­follow up. The presenters tend to think of these patients as being dentally ­exhausted. When do ­practitioners ­suggest that extractions and ­prosthetic ­treatments of one kind or ­another are the most ­conservative, longest-lasting ­treatments? Is it truly better for patients to ­retain ­compromised or ­hopeless teeth and ill-fitting ­removable prostheses or suggest ­extractions, ­immediate ­implant placement and immediate occlusal ­loading with a full arch ­prostheses? This course will serve to provide ­attendees with ­scientific evidence that more ­completely ­supports the ­extractions/­immediate implant placement and ­immediate full arch ­loading. The course will fully ­discuss the ­benefits and l­imitations of treatment ­options that include ­retaining ­periodontally compromised ­dentitions/grafting and ­individual ­implant placement and ­restorations versus ­treatment ­options that include ­extractions, ­immediate ­implant ­placement and ­immediate occlusal loading. ­Indications and ­contraindications for treatment ­options will be ­thoroughly ­discussed and ­illustrated. The ­presenters ­intend this ­program to be seminar-based in that ­questions and ­comments will be ­encouraged ­throughout the ­program. This program is ­intended for ­clinicians and dental ­laboratory ­technicians who wish to learn more about this exciting treatment ­option. The ­Saturday morning option will feature a ­'hands-on' ­exercise where ­attendees will actually do a ­prosthetic ­conversion on ­edentulous models with ­implant ­restorative components specifically designed for ­immediate full arch occlusal loading protocols.


Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Perform comprehensive physical and radiographic examinations of dentally exhausted patients.
  • Describe and understand the clinical theories and techniques associated with the physical work-up for dentally exhausted patients.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of full arch immediate occlusal loading.
  • Determine the considerations for utilizing immediate occlusal loading in their practices.
  • Outline case selection criteria and recognize contraindications.


MUSOD thanks Komet and NobelBiocare for their support of this program


Date: 3/28/2014
Registration Ends: 3/20/2014 11:59 PM
Time: 8:30 AM -

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