This presentation identifies the current and potential future uses for digital techniques in the management of edentulous patients. Reasons to embrace digital techniques are presented. Situations in which digital procedures may provide few benefits are also discussed. Reasons for adopting a digital approach in the treatment of edentulous patients include recognized or perceived benefit to the patient, practice efficiency, and cost containment.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
identify those elements in the management of edentulous patients with implant-retained prostheses that are most influenced by digital processes
identify those factors that interfere with the adoption of a totally digital approach in the management of edentulous patients
discuss the future of digital procedures and their relationship to prosthodontic care