Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning for Partially and Completely Edentulous Patients

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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A survey of dental practitioners has revealed that the number one concern in implant dentistry is appropriate treatment planning.

The incidence of peri-implant disease has underscored the importance of assessing host-specific risk factors, such as genetic, systemic, pharmacological and inflammatory predispositions. In addition, outcomes measurements have changed from implant survival to patient satisfaction and therefore have placed a premium on differential treatment planning. There is a growing body of longitudinal studies which has illuminated the comparative prognoses of various implant and conventional restorative options for our patients.


What are the criteria for selecting a 3-unit fixed dental prosthesis versus implant restoration? What adjunctive interdisciplinary care should be considered? How have in vitro studies led to misguided implant restorative treatment planning when considering multiple implants? What are the indications for an implant supported fixed dental prosthesis? What considerations impact the decision to use a cantilever implant restoration? When should multiple implant units be splinted? Is bruxism more a problem for prosthetic stability or also implant failure? How do crown to implant ratios affect implant integration? What are risk factors in immediate placement? How do cement and screw-retained restorations compare in outcomes?


The original ad modum Branemark prototypic implant prosthesis for the restoration of the edentulous arch progressed through permutations of design and materials to meet clinician- and patient-related needs. This has placed a premium on understanding complete denture principles and using an evidence-based approach to treatment decision making.


How does the practitioner determine if a fixed or removable implant prosthesis is best for the patient? Give the prosthetic modality and the arch, how many implants are optimum? How does the anchorage system affect the success of the prosthesis, such as solitary anchors like Locator abutments, splinted bar designs? Are there biologic and mechanical advantages to new replacement materials for resin metal design? What are the maintenance expectations? How do patient risk factors change these parameters? What clinical procedures will maximize patient satisfaction?

You Will Learn

  • How to apply best available evidence to optimal implant treatment planning decision making
  • The difference between tooth-borne and implant restorative principles
  • How to apply minimally invasive concepts in implant treatment planning
  • To become familiar with the role of new materials for implant restorative options
  • To understand the role of complete denture principles in implant treatment planning and execution
  • How to minimize biological and mechanical complications



Who Should Attend
This program is designed for all dentists and allied dental professionals

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $295 Dentists, $195 Allied Dental Professionals

Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning.


Steven Sadowsky, DDS, is professor in the department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He was in full-time private practice limited to prosthodontics for 30 years.  Dr. Sadowsky is past-president of the American Prosthodontic Society and past-president of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics, as well as fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics and the American College of Prosthodontists.  He has directed the American College of Prosthodontists Annual Review Course for 5 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontists.  He is Abstract Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics and has been appointed to the editorial council of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  Dr. Sadowsky has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the topic of implant dentistry. He was the 2016 American College of Prosthodontists recipient of the Presidential Citation and the 2018 recipient of the Ken Wical Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in the Jill Helms Research Laboratory (2018-19). Dr. Sadowsky has edited a book, titled Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols.



University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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