Implant overdentures: effectiveness of attachment systems

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6 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of attachment systems for implant overdentures. The included studies provide insufficient evidence of relative effectiveness of prosthodontic success, prosthodontic maintenance, patient satisfaction, patient preference or costs.

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Recurrent mandibular dislocation –which surgical approach?

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This review of surgical treatments for the management of recurrent mandibular dislocation included 23 case series. Only one of the case series was prospective and a majority lacked clarity on their pro / retrospective status providing only very low quality evidence.

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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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Mandibular implant overdentures: effect on nutritional status may be limited

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This review considered the effect of mandibular implant overdentures on the nutrition and nutritional status of older adults. Six small studies were included, overdentures were not seen to have an effect on BMI, albumin or vitamin B12 six months
 after treatment.

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Study suggests less post-operative pain and swelling with piezosurgery for enucleation of mandibular cysts

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Piezosurgery (piezoelectric bone surgery) is considered to reduce intraoperative bleeding, creating a better visibility of the surgical field and make the cutting of hard tissue possible, through a “selective cutting” without encountering necrosis from overheating, and without damaging nerves and vessel. The aim of this study was to compare piezoelectric surgery to the conventional rotatory [read the full story…]