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South West Study Club

14 November 2018
The Failing Partial Arch Bridge

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Presented by: Michael Ainsworth
Date: 14 November 2018
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN

Dr Ainsworth will present his experience of utilising novel treatment modalities in the last few years in the management of failing partial arch bridgework.

From a patient perspective anxiety and discomfort in the transition from failing partial arch bridge work can be significant as often the only solution is a removable partial denture as a transitional appliance. The use of intra oral welding and durable frameworks has transformed our ability to immediately load cases of this nature with a high degree of predictability. This brief overview will aim to introduce welding as a technique, looking to case selection treatment planning and the methodology when managing the case in surgery.

Learning objectives:

  • To introduce the concept of intraoral welding.
  • To understand where this is applicable in implant practice.
  • To understand the treatment planning pathway and case selection for this treatment modality
  • To debate the differentiation between a temporary and permanent restoration.
  • To consider different analogue and digital workflows.


Dr Ainsworth qualified from Birmingham University dental School 2002 and entered into private dental practice straight away. He was lucky to become involved in Complex restorative and Implant practice almost out of the gate and has never looked back. He has had the benefit of extensive mentoring and training both in the UK and overseas in the field of cosmetic dentistry and dental implantology.

In 2007 he relocated to southern Spain to become principle of a private practice that focused on implant and cosmetic, and endodontic treatments. From there, in 2012, he relocated with his family back to the UK and settled in Yorkshire. He is currently studying for a MSc in clinical Periodontology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Michael is currently principal of The Dental Referral Centre near Sheffield, a multi-specialist practice.


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