Oral Health Impact on Daily Performance in Patients with Implant-Stabilized Overdentures and Patients with Conventional Complete Dentures
Fotis Melas, DDS, MclinDent, Wagner Marcenes, BDS, MSc, PhD, Paul S. Wright, BDS, PhD, FDSRCS (Eng)
This cohort study (n = 83) investigated whether patients with implant-stabilized overdentures would demonstrate less impact on daily life, would have less difficulty in the mastication of different types of food, and would generally be more satisfied than patients with conventional complete dentures. The groups were comparable for gender, age of dentures, and duration of edentulism. The patients were interviewed using a questionnaire, which included the Oral Impacts on Daily Performances (OIDP) sociodental indicator. Patients with implant-stabilized overdentures were more satisfied with the comfort of their dentures, could eat a wide range of food items with less difficulty, and experienced less impact on daily life than patients with conventional complete dentures. The findings of this study support the need to consider implant-stabilized overdentures in the treatment of edentulous patients.