Engineering the implant-retained overdenture

Joseph J. Massad, David M. Bohnenkamp, Lily T. Garcia

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The technique presented shows how important it is to focus on the prosthetically driven treatment plan to balance the needs of the patient. In many instances, the patient's chief complaint is important to the outcome. However, evaluation of the existing prosthesis should be a part of the comprehensive examination procedure as you plan to place implants that will be used to assist in retention. By incorporating and engineering prosthetic components, such as the metal framework embedded in the mandibular overdenture, the integrity and strength of the prosthesis are maintained even when it is necessary to relieve areas to accommodate attachment housings. Key to the patient treatment is following predictable and critical fabrication techniques that create a final prosthesis that meets aesthetic desires and is a physiologically functional prosthesis. The outcome is reflected in the patient's statement that "I no longer get food under the dentures," "they fit snug and tight," and "they fit so well that you don't realize you even have them in your mouth.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalDentistry today
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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