John P. Zarb, DDS, MSc




Title:  Management of the Completely Edentulous Patient:  Reconciling a Diagnosis with the Most Appropriate Treatment Intervention


Synopsis:  Completely edentulous patients present to general practitioners' offices at different stages in the predictable process of residual ridge resorption.  This presentation describes the Prosthodontic Diagnostic Index (PDI), developed by the American College of Prosthodontists for completely edentulous patients, and reviews a variety of treatment alternatives, supported by evidence, that are suitable for the management of these patients.


Course Objectives:

1.    To provide a diagnostic framework for general practitioners to manage completely edentulous patients

2.    To review the best clinical evidence to support a variety of treatment options in the management of completely edentulous patients

3.    To provide prosthodontists with a usable educational tool to inform both the referring dentist and patient on the broad spectrum of viable and evidence-based treatment alternatives available in the management of the completely edentulous patient

Bio:  Dr. Zarb earned his D.D.S. at the University of Detroit Mercy in 1995.  Upon graduation, he completed a one year General Practice Residency at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by graduate prosthodontic training at the University of Toronto, earning his M.Sc. in 2002.  Dr. Zarb is a staff prosthodontist at the University of Toronto and at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He has been involved with surgical and prosthetic implant dentistry education at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Dr. Zarb joined Barrie Prosthodontics in 2003.  He is a Fellow and examiner of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International and an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics.