Dr. Burak Yilmaz obtained his dental degree in 2000 from The Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey. He attended the Ph.D. program at The Ankara University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics and graduated with the specialty in Prosthodontics in 2007. Following 2 years of full-time private practice in Ankara, he held a postdoctoral position at the Baskent University Faculty of Dentistry Department of Prosthodontics for 6 months. Then, he completed a full-time Implant Prosthodontic Fellowship in The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Implant Clinic in 2009. He was hired as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry in 2009. After receiving his tenure in 2014, he was granted the Associate Professor title and since then he has been teaching, involved in research, and practicing dentistry in the same department. He holds a special interest in implant dentistry and he has published several original research studies and clinical reports. He is the co-author of Implant Chapter in the 5th edition of “Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontics” textbook by Rosenstiel et al. He is the founder and the director of Research Internship in Restorative, Prosthetic and Implant Dentistry Program. His activity in his specialty organizations includes membership on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and the Academy of Osseointegration. He is currently an Executive Committee member and the Secretary of Carl O. Boucher Conference. Dr. Yilmaz teaches predoctoral and graduate level courses, and actively serves as a clinical instructor in predoctoral and graduate program clinics. He also has a prosthodontic practice at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Immediate Loading in Edentulous situations: A review of different protocols

To shorten the treatment period and avoid the need for traditional removable dentures in patients, many studies have shown that, in optimal conditions, satisfactory results can be achieved with immediate loading. A conceptual working definition of immediate loading protocols was suggested, in which the implants are loaded within a week of surgery and a provisional or definitive prosthesis is inserted at a subsequent visit prior to osseointegration.

In this presentation, initially, the requirements for immediate loading in edentulous situations will be reviewed. This will be followed by presentation of treatment of patients using different immediate loading protocols. The pros and cons of these different techniques will be reviewed in detail.


Treatment and Complication of Implant Supported Fixed and Removable Complete-arch and Complete-Mouth Rehabilitation


Learning Objectives

Treatment of Complete Edentulous cases with Cement/Screw retained Fixed Partial dentures by Dr. Gurkan
Treatment of Complete Edentulous cases with Implant Supported Complete Dentures (Overdenture) by Dr. Burak
Treatment of Complete Edentulous cases with All on 4 concept by Dr. Oguz

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Develop an appropriate treatment plan,
  • Evaluate the vertical dimension of occlusion,
  • Make interocclusal records for mounting of definitive and diagnostic casts,
  • Fabricate a provisional restoration to evaluate function, speech and esthetics and to serve as a guide for the dental laboratory technician when finalizing the anterior guidance.
  • Properly identify the different type of attachment systems for overdentures, including indications, contraindications and expected complications due to materials nature,
  • Determining the optimal number of implants required for implant supported Complete/Partial dentures.
  • Indications, Pros & Cons of All on 4 concept

Each step will be illustrated with clinical cases, step-by-step.


Once the natural dentition is lost, it becomes challenging to restore function, phonetics and esthetics. Many diagnostic measures are required to develop a biomechanically favorable occlusion for any type of implant supported restoration. A diagnostic waxing and planning are critical because it permits the determination of the desired implant position and distribution. This waxing also becomes a template for the provisional restoration, which in turn, serves as a blueprint for the establishment of esthetics, phonetics and function in the definitive restorations.

Initially, implants are positioned almost perpendicular to
the occlusal plane; however, to overcome anatomic limitations at the posterior area, tilting posterior implants has been introduced. The technique consists of rehabilitation of either edentulous or dentate maxilla and/or mandible with immediate fixed prosthesis by placing four implants in the anterior region. This immediate prosthesis also plays an important role for the clinician to achieve better esthetics in the definitive restoration phase.


Dental Implant Occlusion


The dental literature is filled with publications on occlusion, however, these publications have information mostly empirical in nature and lacking evidence-based outcomes. This is particularly true for the scheme of occlusion to be used for implant-supported/retained reconstructions.


This presentation will focus on different occlusal schemes that have been recommended for implant-supported/retained prostheses. In addition, the impact of different occlusal schemes on the success of implant-supported/retained prostheses will be discussed.