Prosthetic Management of the Edentulous Mandible with a Two-implant Overdenture: A Hands-on Program

Two-implant overdentures

Saturday, January 20, 2018 

The prosthetic management of the edentulous mandible is a challenge for dentistry. Patients continue to report problems adapting to a standard complete denture due to the limitations with comfort, retention, stability, and function.

Research suggests the benefits of a mandibular two-implant overdenture are sufficient to propose that it should be the first-choice standard of care for the edentulous mandible. 

This hands-on course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully restore the edentulous mandibular arch with an implant-retained overdenture. A team of specialists will focus on treatment planning considerations and surgical and prosthetic techniques for implant-retained overdentures that will ensure success.

Hands-on exercises utilizing a simulated mandibular arch model will give you practical experience with surgical placement of implants and the steps involved in the chairside restoration of a two-implant overdenture utilizing direct and indirect fabrication techniques.

Learn How To

  • Describe the various prosthetic options for restoration of the edentulous mandible
  • Develop a surgical and prosthetic treatment plan for the two-implant mandibular overdenture
  • Recognize mandibular anatomical considerations in relation to implant placement
  • Recognize diagnostic imaging procedures to assess available bone for implant placement
  • Identify the procedural steps and armamentarium required for the surgical aspect of treatment
  • Identify the prosthetic components and techniques used with overdentures
  • Restore the mandibular arch using direct and indirect fabrication techniques
  • Implement overdenture maintenance and recall procedures

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, case presentations, demonstrations, and simulated hands-on experience

Meet Our Experts

Ranier M. Adarve, DMD, MS, MHPE, prosthodontist; Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Adarve maintains a part-time private practice in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Heather J. Conrad, DMD, MS, prosthodontist; Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Conrad maintains a practice in the School of Dentistry Faculty Practice. She is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Lisa F. James, DDS, prosthodontist; part-time Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. James maintains a full-time private practice in Plymouth, Minnesota.


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

Please bring magnification loupes with you to the course if you use them in practice.

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the second floor (the Washington Avenue entrance located below street level) or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program $100 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 40.


$895 dentist

A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by December 22, 2017. (Registrations made after December 22, 2017, will be paid in full at the time of registration.)


6.5 hours

Minnesota Credits
5.5 fundamental
1 core (Diagnosis and Treatment Planning)

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in implants and removable prosthodontics. 


8:00 AM to 3:45 PM 


Lynda J. Young Conference Room
6-410 Moos HS Tower
Minneapolis Campus 

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