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Dentures--No Longer the "standard of Care", Overdentures, Bridges, Implants

Posted Aug 24 2008 10:31pm

Is it really appropriate to recommend a denture with the knowledge we now have about how the patient copes long-term? As long ago as 2002, a consensus conference at McGill University in Montreal concluded that a two, three, or four implant overdenture would be the best long term, economical, and least invasive way to solve the patient’s problems. Their conclusions were “the evidence clearly shows that the restoration of the edentulous mandible with a conventional denture is no longer the most appropriate first-choice treatment. There is overwhelming evidence that an implant overdenture should be the first choice of treatment.”

Better yet, if finances are available, better bone support and comfort can be provided by replacement with an implant supported bridge that is not removable. This also supports and maintains the patient’s bone best and is the most comfortable.

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