Occlusal schemes for complete dentures

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This overview of reviews of the influence of occlusal schemes on the clinical performance of and patient satisfaction with complete dentures included 10 systematic reviews. While the findings suggest that occlusal schemes might interfere with the clinical performance the results should be carefully considered because of the low quality of the systematic reviews included.

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Implant-supported overdentures and fixed prostheses in edentulous mandibles

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This review comparing patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and clinical outcomes associated with implant-supported overdentures and fixed prostheses in edentulous mandibles included 10 small studies. While the findings suggest better PROMS with fixed prosthesis the available evidence is limited in quality and quantity.

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CAD-CAM systems and complete dentures

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This review compare the clinical outcomes of complete denture fabrication with CAD-CAM technology and conventional techniques included just 6 small clinical studies. While the findings suggest better performance with CAD-CAm approaches the available evidence is limited and very weak and short term.

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Denture fabrication: Conventional or simplified approaches

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This review od conventional versus simplified verses conventional fabrication techniques for complete dentures included 19 RCTs. The findings suggest that there are no differences between the simple and conventional approaches in terms of patients satisfaction, masticatory efficiency and OHRQoL at least in the short term.

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Overdentures: The effect of attachment systems on clinical performance

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This review of the behaviour of overdentures supported by bar and clip or ball and O-ring attachments included 17 studies. The findings suggest no differences between the two sustems.

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Staff training to improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient wards

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Danielle Lamb writes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT that investigates how staff training can improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient care.

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Digital impressions- faster or slower than conventional procedures?

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In his debut blog Kenny Strain considers a new review which compares the working times for digital versus conventional impressions as well as patient centered outcomes. The review suggest a patient preference for the digital approach.

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Complete dentures: which occlusal scheme is best?

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17 studies (11 RCTs) were included in this review of occlusal schemes for complete dentures suggesting that bilateral balanced occlusion does not confer better quality of life/satisfaction or masticatory performance and muscle activity.

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Shortened dental arch: does prosthetic treatment have a positive impact?

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This small trial compared the restoration of the posterior reduced dental arch with either a denture or no denture. They found greater satisfaction and quality of life in the no denture group.

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Removable partial dentures and quality of life

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This review of the effect of removable partial dentures (RPDs) on quality of life included 16 studies mainly retrospective and cross-sectional providing limited evidence of any association association between patient-reported QoL or satisfaction with technical or biological parameters of RPDs.

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