David Felton, DDS, MSD

Title:  Edentulism and Comorbid Factors


Synopsis:  Complete edentulism is the terminal outcome of a multi-factorial process involving biological factors and patient related factors.  It continues to represent a tremendous global health care burden, and will for the foreseeable future.  The purpose of this literature review is to determine what co-morbid systemic factors, if any, exist for the completely edentulous patient. 


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will:

1.      Understand that significant comorbid systemic conditions may exist for the completely edentulous patient.

2.    Understand the importance of counseling patients to maintain their dentition in a healthy state for as long as possible.


Bio:  Dr. Felton completed his DDS (1977) and MS (1984-Prosthodontics) degrees at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.  He served as Director of Graduate Prosthodontics from 1989-1992, and as Chair of Prosthodontics from 1992-2002.  He is a Past-president of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Prosthodontics, and on the Executive Council of the Academy of Prosthodontics.  He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the ADA, the American and International Colleges of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration, the Academy of Prosthodontics, ADEA, IADR/AADR, GNYAP, the FDI, and the International College of Dentists.  He has over 40 published journal articles and 120 abstracts, and has presented at the national and international levels.  His research interests include dental implants, all ceramic crowns and fixed partial dentures, and biological responses to restorative dental procedures.


Conflict of interest:  Grant/research support from Ivoclar/Vivadent