November 26, 2014

Experts Agree: Standard of Care for a Lower Denture Is Two Implants for Retention

The standard of care for the edentulous mandible (no lower teeth) should be the two-implant retained mandibular over-denture (IRMOD).

A survey of U. S. prosthodontic academic experts determined the following opinions:
  • Consensus that the IRMOD was superior in 9 of 10 parameters assessed:  retention, stability, speech, chewing efficiency, comfort while eating soft foods and hard foods, confidence in intimate situations, satisfaction and self esteem. 
Conclusions:  An implant retained mandibular overdenture vs. a complete denture only is the first choice of care when restoring an edentulous mandible of a healthy patient or a patient with mild systemic disease.  

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
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