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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
July/August 2008
Volume 39 , Issue 7

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The central single implant in the edentulous mandible: Improvement of function and quality of life—A report of 2 cases

Stefan Wolfart, DMD, Dr Med Dent Habil/Katja Braasch, DMD, Dr Med Dent1/ Simone Brunzel, Dr Med Dent/Matthias Kern, DMD, Dr Med Dent Habil

Pages: 541–548
PMID: 19107261

Implant-retained overdentures are a reliable treatment option for edentulous patients, especially when only few implants can be placed. Internationally, 2 implants are considered adequate to retain an overdenture in the edentulous mandible. However, for many patients, 2 implants can be cost-prohibitive. By means of 2 clinical cases, it is shown that the insertion of a single implant in the middle of the mandible might stabilize the prosthesis and improve the oral health quality of life and the chewing function. A ball attachment with a screw-activated matrix was used to retain the overdenture. Early clinical results are promising. However, before this method can be recommended for general clinical application, long-term clinical results are needed. (Quintessence Int 2008;39:541–548)

Key words: central implant, chewing function, implant-retained overdenture, quality of life

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