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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

July/August 2012
Volume 25 , Issue 4

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Prosthodontic Maintenance Requirements of Implant-Retained Overdentures Using the Locator Attachment System

Joe Vere, BDS, MFDS RCS, MMedSci/Derek Hall, BDS/Raj Patel, BDS, LDS RCS, MSc, FDS RCPS/Phillip Wragg, BDS, FDS RCS, DRD RCS

Pages: 392-394
PMID: 22720291

The aim of this study was to investigate the prosthodontic maintenance requirements of patients rehabilitated with maxillary and mandibular implant-retained overdentures using the Locator Attachment System by retrospectively reviewing case records. Fifty patients made 112 unplanned return visits over a 3-year period. The most common reasons for returning were denture adjustments (n = 45), inadequate retention (n = 39), and loosening of the implant abutments (n = 14). Implant-retained overdentures using the Locator Attachment System have comparable prosthodontic maintenance requirements to other attachment systems. Problems associated with these prostheses are usually simple to resolve chairside. Int J Prosthodont 2012;25:392394.

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