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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Dental implants: survey found that patients had high levels of satisfaction with implant-supported restorative treatment

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This large Swedish questionnaire survey conducted on a random sample of patients achieved a high response rate (83%) . Those who had received dental implant supported restorative treatment reported very high levels of satisfaction (94%). However, 31% had experienced implant related complications although only 6% reported that these complications occurred frequently.

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Small study suggests possible benefit from implant overdentures for edentulous patients over 75 years of age

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Studies suggest that implant overdentures (IODs) can improve function and quality of life. However most studies are conducted in adults under the age of 70.  The aim of this study was to investigate denture satisfaction, functional, nutritional and patients centered aspect of IODs in patients over 75 years of age. Edentulous and denture wearing patients [read the full story…]

Trial shows that implant overdentures did not result in better dietary intake than conventional dentures at 12 months

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Studies have shown that edentate patients have poorer nutrition than those with no teeth The main aim of this study was to assess whether mandibular two-implant overdentures (IODs) improved the nutritional status of older people compared with those wearing a conventional denture (CD). Patients over the age of 65 who had been edentate for a [read the full story…]

Maxillary overdentures supported by four implants had similar success to those supported with six implants in short term.

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Stability problems and lack of retention are problems that edentulous patients often report.  The implant-supported denture is one approach to address these problems.  The aim of this trial was to compare the outcomes of maxillary overdentures supported by four or six dental implants in patients in the anterior part of the maxilla. Adult edentulous patients [read the full story…]

Trail suggests no difference in food choices and nutrient intake in older adults with conventional denture or implant-retained overdentures

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Evidence suggests that dietary intake and nutritional status of complete denture wearers is poorer than dentate patients of similar age, and implant retained dentures are considered to improve the retention and stability of complete dentures. The aim of this study was to compare dietary intake in edentulous adults with conventional dentures compared with implant-retained dentures. [read the full story…]

Only low quality of evidence currently available for effectiveness and cost effectiveness for treatments for edentulism

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Improvements in oral health have seen reductions in the numbers of patients suffering from edentulism. The range of treatments available for treatments of edentulism has also improved. The aim of this review was to as to analyze studies of the treatment of maxillary, mandibular, or complete edentulism, with special attention paid to the quality of [read the full story…]