J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2000 Jun;38(3):360-365.

Restoration of Mandibular Edentulous Patient By Dental Implant

  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Korea.


The completely edentulous patient has few treatment options in conventional dentistry. When implants are considered, treatment plans range from a 2-implant overdenture to a completely implant-supported prosthesis. Fixed prosthesis is often the preferred selection of the edentulous patient. fixed full-arch ceramo-metal restorations can be a predictable implant treatment modality for the edentulous patient. Implant-supported fixed prosthesis has several advantages: predictability, fixedness, retrievability, improved function, lower maintenance of prosthesis, long-term published success. Edentulous patients with a severely resorbed mandible often experience problems with their dentures. Treatment concepts involving two to four implants for the support of an overdenture have been proposed. There seems to be no need to insert more than two endosteal implants to support an overdenture, however, long-term prospective studies are needed to support this notion. Using short endosseous implants and an overdenture in the extremely resorbed mandible is a justified treatment option because of the relative simplicity and low morbidity of this treatment strategy. Implant-supported overdenture has several advantages: Cost, retrievability, hygiene access, profile and contour control, increasedretention and stability, implant installed in a predicted region(ant. mandible).

MeSH Terms

Dental Implants*
Denture, Overlay
Prostheses and Implants
Dental Implants
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