Metal-ceramic vs ceramic: Material of choice for restoring implants?

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This review comparing ceramic and metal-ceramic restorations was developed by MSc Students from @UClanDentistry during a recent workshop. While the findings suggest no difference between the two materials only a small number of limited quality studies are available.

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Dental Implants: Number of implants and full-arch prosthesis survival

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19 studies (6 RCTs, 13 prospective studies) were included in this review assessing whether the number of dental implants per jaw has an influence on implant and/or prosthesis survival rate and complications with the findings suggesting no influence.

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Partial edentulism: The effect of prosthetic treatments on oral health-related quality of life

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23 studies were included in this review assessing the oral health-related quality of life (OHR- QoL ) of patients with partial edentulism after different dental prosthetic treatments. Both fixed tooth-supported and implant-supported dental prostheses improved OHR- QoL in the short and medium term.

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 Shortened dental arch: impact on oral health-related quality of life

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This review of the impact on oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) linked with maintaining or restoring a shortened dental arch found limited evidence from 3 studies suggesting a benefit for OHRQoL with maintaining rather than restoring a the SDA with a removable partial dental prosthesis.

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‘All-on-4®’ treatment concept: current evidence limited

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This systematic review of the ‘All-on-4®’ concept for fixed full arch restoration includes 24 studies of limited quality is considered here by Mark-Steven Howe.

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Extra-oral implants: barclips versus magnets

The study highlighted a lack of evidence about what CMHT services work for older people.

Mark Steven Howe considers this review of extra-oral implant retention. 12 mainly retrospective studies were included providing limited data from which to drawn conclusions regarding the best retention system.

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Mandibular overdentures and impact on oral health

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This review assessed patient satisfaction with mandibular implant overdentures using the Oral Health Impact Profile. Only 5 RCTs were included and findings suggest that implant supported overdentures perform better than conventional dentures.

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Mandibular implant overdentures: Impact on patient based outcomes.

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Mark-Steven Howe writes his debut blog on an updated review by Kodoma et al on the efficacy of the mandibular 2-implant overdenture.

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CAD-CAM-fabricated implant-supported restorations

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Only 12 small studies of limited quality were available for this review on CAD-CAM-fabricated implant-supported restorations. While they showed promising short-term outcomes, they should be interpreted with caution.

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Dental implants: patient experiences

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This review of qualitative studies of patients’ experiences of dental implants used a textual narrative synthesis and included 10 studies. Patients chose implants to improve confidence and resolve existing functional problems

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