Mandibular overdentures – stud or ball retained?

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This review of the clinical performance and self-reported patient outcomes of ball and stud attachments as mandibular overdenture retainers included 17 studies. While greater patient satisfaction was seen with the stud type almost all of the included studies were considered to be at high risk of bias so the findingas should be interpreted cautiously.

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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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Rigid and non-rigid connections between implants and teeth: biological and technical complications.

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Mark-Steven Howe assesses a systematic review looking at the impact of rigid and non-rigid connectors between natural teeth and implants on the biological, functional and/or the prosthetic complication rates. Ten mainly retrospective studies were included providing limited evidence that needs to be interpreted cautiously.

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Short dental implants show similar outcomes to standard implants in short term

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13 studies (10 RCTs, 3 prospective) were included in this review comparing the outcomes of short and standard dental implants. No difference were seen in studies lasting up to 5 years.

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