The question of whether excessive occlusal forces in implant restorations cause crestal bone loss continues to be a topic for debate among dental professionals. What constitutes implant overload? What is the ideal occlusal scheme for implants? How should we confirm the occlusion when we deliver implant restorations? Should the occlusion on removable implant assisted overdentures be different from the occlusion on fixed implant supported complete dentures? Many restorations for natural teeth and implants are being made by utilizing CAD/CAM systems, with many restorations designed digitally using virtual wax-ups selected from a digital library of teeth that are stretched or condensed to fit your particular patient’s situation. What is the best way to check the occlusion on CAD/CAM implant restorations?
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
- Understand the biomechanics of teeth and implants.
- Apply a practical method of adjusting the occlusion of CAD/CAM restorations.
- Demonstrate how to design the occlusion of full arch fixed and removable implant restorations.
The content of this program was current as of January 2022.