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June 28, 2017

A Collaborative Approach to Digitally Restoring the Partially Edentulous Arch

By Chad C. Duplantis, DDS
Commercial Supporter: DenMat

When treatment planning a partially edentulous arch, the dental team is presented with few options.  However, implants are becoming increasingly more accepted by patients, and the advent of digital technology in the dental practice has increased treatment options with even greater predictability. Clinicians, along with their laboratories, have taken a collaborative approach as technologies avail themselves to better communication. This approach is demonstrated through a case in which a 54-year-old woman presented with multiple extractions due to acute mandibular osteomyelitis affecting the lower right quadrant is ultimately treated with implant restorations. The resulting treatment is a by-product of a collaborative effort among the surgeon, laboratory and restorative dentist.



  • Describe the technological advancements that have enabled a completely digital workflow for implant dentistry.
  • Explain why an implant-borne fixed partial denture was the most viable option in the case presented.
  • Discuss the benefits of a prosthetically driven, patient-centered approach when restoring a partially edentulous arch.

About the Author

Chad C. Duplantis, DDS
Private Practice, Forth Worth, Texas

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