Dr. David Cagna, Memphis,TN


Treatment planning for partially edentulous patients should often include removable partial denture (RPD) therapy.

Designing such a restoration to incorporate optimal support, retention and stability is essential to therapeutic success and durability. Although not generally considered mainstream, the strategic incorporation of dental implants may facilitate RPD patient comfort and function, ranging from more favorable distribution of functional loads along supporting tissues to improved esthetics of the definitive rehabilitation. This presentation reviews factors that should be accounted for when providing implant-assisted RPDs to select partially edentulous patients, from diagnosis to restoration manufacturing.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Review classical RPD design theory and anticipated biomechanics.
  2.  Consider necessary diagnostic information gathering.
  3.  Come to better understand requisite support, stability and retention as reflected in treatment design.

Bio:  Dr. David Cagna is Professor, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs, and Director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He received his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1990 and completed prosthodontic residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994 where he also received a Master of Science Degree.

Dr. Cagna is a Diplomate and Director of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, International Academy of Gnathology, and American College of Prosthodontists, among others. He serves on a number of editorial review boards for professional journal, has published extensively, and is co-author of the textbooks “Stewart’s Clinical Removable Partial Prosthodontics” and “Contemporary Application of the Neutral Zone in Prosthodontics.” Dr. Cagna lectures extensively on a variety of topics and conducts an active private practice at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.