Marietta Dental Care & Georgia Prosthodontics Associates, USA
Title: Evidence based approach to oral rehabilitation with contemporary Dental Materials
Biography: Kumar Jashbhai Patel
Evidence based approach to the patient treatment is now considered a norm. Dental profession has made a strategic shift in establishing protocols, education and training based on evidence-based support. Presentation includes importance of diagnosis and treatment planning for different clinical scenarios. Contemporary rehabilitation requires planning with end results at the forefront based on evidenced based protocol. Treatment prognosis depends on optimal diagnosis, execution, material choice and technology utilized. Research can be controversial; application depends on multiple factors. Biologic, anatomic and material factors and its interplay over time dictate prognosis and longevity. Traditional and contemporary dental materials as they are applied to rehabilitation have variable success rates. Many protocols have limited and evolving supporting evidence. Patient expectations and economics of rehabilitation are important part of overall picture. Increasing longevity of human life and projected increase in population over 65 years old ads to the increasing challenge in terms of longevity of treatment protocols and simplicity of maintenance and quality of life. Treatment options in terms of evidence available in contemporary literature; application of dental materials are discussed. Limitations of different modalities and factors contributing to failures are identified. Author brings in discussion about level of evidence and strength of it in order to justify the application. Available research and evidence are scrutinized and interpreted in practical terms. Special focus of the presentation is to illustrate practical solutions for patients at different life stages with different economic and physical limitations. Presentation also discusses concept of shortened dental arch along with quantitative and quality functional needs. Use of fixed vs. implant retained and implant supported prosthesis, clinical protocols and maintenance protocols are discussed. Basic esthetics concepts and its application to overall treatment planning within biologic system are discussed.