Implant Treatment Options for the Edentulous Maxilla


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Course Instructor

Robert J. Cronin, DDS, MS, is the Director of the Postdoctoral Prosthodontics Program and Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He received his DDS degree from Georgetown University and completed a three year postdoctoral program in Prosthodontics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, receiving a Master of Science Degree from The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Dr. Cronin is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics. He has authored 50 articles and abstracts in refereed journals and presented over 175 invited lectures on prosthodontic and dental implant topics. From 2000 to 2007, he co-authored the Annual Review of Selected Dental Literature: Report of the Committee on Scientific Investigation published annually in the JPD.

Dr. Cronin is the Past President of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the Past President of the International Academy of Gnathology, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics, and a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and other dental professional organizations. He served as the Editor of the Clinical Research Section of the Journal of Prosthodontics and has served on the Editorial Review Boards of three national dental journals. Dr. Cronin is a Past President of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

  • May 6, 2011
  • 8:00am - Noon
  • Location: Memphis
  • credit: 4 hours
  • Course Presenter: Robert J. Cronin, DDS, MS
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Cost and Location Specifics

$129 per Dentist and $99 per Auxiliary / Registration at the door is an additional $25. Morning coffee will be provided. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Campus. Humphreys General Education Building located on the corner of Dunlap & Madison. Please park in the garage located at 869 Madison. Parking is $5 per day.

Course Description

Endosseous implant research has clearly demonstrated the differences in bone quality, biomechanics, as well as phonetic and esthetic differences between the implant based restoration of the edentulous maxilla versus the mandible. The advantages and disadvantages of the implant retained removable option and the fixed option in the maxilla will be thoroughly examined. Dr. Cronin will also review the various techniques, technologies, and materials currently available to the clinician for use in the prosthodontic restoration of the edentulous maxilla. These implant related controversies will be discussed impartially, as Dr. Cronin serves no implant manufacturers.

Following this overview, recommendations will be made for the full arch implant supported prosthesis in the maxilla. The effect of the various prosthodontic treatment approaches on optimal esthetics, function, and maintenance will be presented. Upon completion of this presentation participants will be able to: (1) fully understand all implant treatment options for the edentulous maxilla; (2) understand the unique physiologic, esthetic, and phonetic demands of maxillary reconstruction; (3) recognize the unique requirements of patient education while treatment planning the edentulous maxilla for an implant based restoration; and (4) understand the advantages and disadvantages of CBCT, CAD-CAM, and biomaterial technologies which can enhance prosthodontic restoration of the edentulous maxilla.