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Volume 30 , Issue 6
November/December 2017

Pages 519–525

Two-Implant–Supported Mandibular Overdentures: Do Clinical Denture Quality and Inter-Implant Distance Affect Patient Satisfaction?

Sara A. Alfadda, BDS, MSc (Prosthodontics), PhD, FRCD (C)/Mohammad D. Al Amri, BDS, MS (Prosthodontics), FRCD (C)/Amal Al-Ohali, BDS/Arwa Al-Hakami, BDS/Noura Al-Madhi, BDS

PMID: 29084295
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.5295

Purpose: To investigate the following three null hypotheses in patients rehabilitated with a mandibular overdenture supported by two unsplinted implants: (1) patient satisfaction is not related to the clinical quality of the dentures; (2) inter-implant distance (IID) has no effect on the clinical quality of the dentures; and (3) IID does not influence patient satisfaction. Materials and Methods: Forty edentulous patients who were rehabilitated with a two-implant–supported mandibular overdenture participated in the study. Independent investigators evaluated the dentures on the basis of five clinical criteria using the validated Denture Quality Evaluation Form, and the patients completed the validated Denture Satisfaction Scale. Irreversible hydrocolloid impressions of the mandible were made and poured immediately in die stone. The IID was measured by adapting an orthodontic wire to the mandibular alveolar ridge crest, extending from the center of one implant to the center of the other. Spearman correlation analyses were used to identify possible correlations, with a significance level set at P < .05. Results: The clinicians’ overall mean rating of the clinical quality of the dentures was 91.5% (standard deviation 6.27%). The stability of the mandibular overdenture and of the maxillary conventional complete denture was significantly related to satisfaction (r = 0.389 and r = 0.44, respectively). Significant associations were found between the mandibular stability items and satisfaction with both maxillary and mandibular dentures. The stability of the maxillary denture was significantly associated with patient satisfaction with mandibular denture retention, stability, and comfort. None of the 12 denture satisfaction items were significantly associated with IID. Similarly, IID did not have an effect on the quality of either denture in terms of retention, stability, or occlusion. Conclusion: Denture stability was the feature that had the most influence on patient satisfaction with the mandibular overdenture and with the maxillary conventional denture. IID had no effect on the clinical quality of either denture and did not influence patient satisfaction.

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