Based on interviews of elderly edentulous patients, this lecture illustrates the consequences of ill-fitting dentures and the potential benefits of implant therapy in terms of improved self-confidence, personal well being, and social life. However, attention is also drawn to the frequent fears of older and frail patients, which may prevent them from receiving a treatment that potentially could improve their oral health-related quality of life. Finally, emphasis is put on careful patient evaluation, which can lead to a treatment plan that is a compromise between what is objectively ideal and what is individually feasible for the patient.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
recognize that edentulism and ill-fitting dentures may have a profound influence on quality of life
recognize the importance of individual treatment planning based on an evaluation of patient needs and capabilities
discuss how patient fears may exclude them from receiving the treatment that, from a clinical point of view, could improve their quality of life dramatically