Overdentures: Single implant retention

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This review of the the survival and complication rates of single implant retained mandibular overdentures included 17 studies (9 RCTs). While the findings suggest they are effective the available studies are small with only 3 providing follow-up of longer than two years.

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Tooth-implant supported fixed dental prostheses survival rates

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This review of the survival and complication rates of tooth-implant supported fixed dental prostheses (T-I FDPs) includes 8 prospective cohort studies and 185 T-I FDPs suggesting acceptable 5 and 10 year survival rates.

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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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