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Quintessence Int 39 (2008), No. 7     2. June 2008
Quintessence Int 39 (2008), No. 7  (02.06.2008)

Page 541-548, PubMed:19107261

The central single implant in the edentulous mandible: Improvement of function and quality of life-A report of 2 cases
Wolfart, Stefan / Braasch, Katja / Brunzel, Simone / Kern, Matthias
Implant-retained overdentures are a reliable treatment option for edentulous patients, especially when only few implants can be placed. Internationally, 2 implants are considered adequate to retain an overdenture in the edentulous mandible. However, for many patients, 2 implants can be cost-prohibitive. By means of 2 clinical cases, it is shown that the insertion of a single implant in the middle of the mandible might stabilize the prosthesis and improve the oral health quality of life and the chewing function. A ball attachment with a screw-activated matrix was used to retain the overdenture. Early clinical results are promising. However, before this method can be recommended for general clinical application, long-term clinical results are needed.

Keywords: central implant, chewing function, implant-retained overdenture, quality of life