Rehabilitation of an edentulous jaw presents a number of challenges. Complete dentures have a longstanding record for rehabilitation of edentulous jaws, but they are not without functional shortcomings. They only partially restore function, and treatment challenges increase when the residual alveolar ridges are deficient or resorbed, particularly in the mandible. The advent and evolution of osseointegrated implants has greatly enhanced prosthodontic and patient-centered outcomes for treatment of the completely edentulous patient. A recent systematic review has reconfirmed the recommended two-implant mandibular overdenture as the minimum standard of care in complete denture therapy.
After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…
outline recommendations for configuration of implants supporting a complete overdenture
identify the degree of prosthesis support according to implant configuration
select appropriate attachment types for denture retention