Do overdentures improve nutrient status?

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This review comparing the impact of overdentures with conventional dentures on nutritional status included 8 studies finding no difference in relation to BMI, albumin or vitamin B12 6 months 
after treatment among the older population

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Complete overdentures retained by mini implants.

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Mark-Steven Howe looks at a review of complete overdentures supported on mini-implants. Although 24 studies are included the majority are small and short term so while good overall overdenture survival was seen the results should be interpreted with caution.

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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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Dental implant treatment in elderly patients

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6 studies were included in this review of dental implant treatment on patients aged 65 and over. The review suggests good outcomes up to 10 years although the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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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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Overdentures: trial suggests no difference between 1 or 2 dental implant support

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This trial compared patient satisfaction with 1 or 2 implants supporting a mandibular overdenture. No significant differences between the groups were seen after 5 years.

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Implant overdentures improve satisfaction, chewing and bite force, suggests review

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While 53 studies were included in this review of implant overdentures only a narrative summary of the outcomes of chewing ability, bite force and patient satisfaction could be presented. While all the studies were prospective, information about the quality and risk of bias in the included studies is not reported.

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Overdentures: scarce evidence to assess 1- versus 2 dental implant support

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This review compared the survival of mandibular overdentures supported by 1- or 2- implants. Only two small RCTs were identified that suggest no difference between 1- or 2- implants. However only a small number of patients were included in these trials so the evidence is weak and more high quality trials are required.

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