Harel Simon, DMD

Title:  Esthetic Fixed Reconstruction of the Edentulous Patient:  Reality or Myth?


Synopsis:  Patients presenting with severely resorbed ridges have been traditionally restored with removable prostheses.  These patients have not only lost their teeth, but also the hard and soft tissues that provide support to their intraoral and extraoral structures.  Restoring these edentulous patients with an esthetic reconstruction may present numerous challenges to the clinician.  However, it has been shown that not every patient may be satisfied with a removable prosthesis.  The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the possibility of fixed reconstruction in these patients.


Course Objectives:

1.      Review the indications and contraindications for fixed implant reconstruction of the edentulous patient.

2.      Discuss the importance of proper lip support in edentulous patients.

3.    Present the use of prosthesis guided augmentation to obtain lip support in fixed implant reconstruction.


Bio:  Dr. Simon received his DMD degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 1991.  He received his specialty certificate in advanced prosthodontics from UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000.  Dr. Simon is an active member of various professional organizations including the American College of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration and the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics.  He has conducted research, published and lectured nationally and internationally on esthetics and implant prosthodontics.  He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Quintessence International.  Dr. Simon practices in Beverly Hills, California and is a clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry.