Author(s): Chan MF, Johnston C, Howell RA, Cawood JI
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Abstract This paper presents the treatment results and experiences gained from a retrospective study of patients treated with the IMZ osseo-integrated implant system and mandibular overdentures. Patients experiencing problems wearing conventional dentures were assessed by the implant team and 65 cases were treated with 154 endosseous implants placed in the edentulous mandible. Two to four implants were placed in each case and in addition some patients have had augmentation of the mandible with hydroxyapatite. The definitive mandibular prostheses were supported by both implants and the residual ridges. A variety of retention systems were utilised, which included different types of bar and clip, stud attachments, and magnets. The patients have been followed up regularly and evaluated after periods of between one and six years. Six implants have failed over this time resulting in a success rate of over 96\%. Most patients expressed a high degree of satisfaction with their new overdentures. There was, however, a considerable burden of maintenance care required for the patient group examined. The findings demonstrate that implant retained overdentures offer a highly effective means of oral rehabilitation for the atrophic mandible, restoring both oral function and facial form.
This article was published in Br Dent J
and referenced in Dentistry