Use of mandibular implant overdentures: treatment policy in prosthodontic specialist clinics in Sweden.

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Title Use of mandibular implant overdentures: treatment policy in prosthodontic specialist clinics in Sweden.
Author(s) Kronström, Mats ; Carlsson, Gunnar E
Date 2003
English abstract
The aim was to examine the use of mandibular implant overdentures in Swedish prosthodontic specialist clinics. Questionnaires related to treatment with mandibular implant overdentures during 2001 were sent to the heads of the 30 prosthodontic specialist clinics of the Public Dental Health Service in Sweden. Completed questionnaires were received from 28 (93%). The number of treatments with mandibular implant overdentures varied much among the clinics (0 to 22). Seven clinics had not performed any such treatment, and the median number was 2. The number of fixed implant-supported prostheses was much higher (median value 17, range 4 to 100). The correlation between the number of implant overdentures and fixed implant-supported prostheses in edentulous mandibles was weak (r = 0.33; P = 0.10). The most common anchorage system was ball attachments on two unsplinted implants. The most common reason for the choice of the overdenture treatment was the reduced cost, whereas the patient's main wish to improve denture retention came next. The question whether the demand for implant overdentures had increased during the last few years, was answered with "no" by 19, with "yes" by 5 and with "don't know" by 4 clinics. All but one responded that their attitude to implant overdentures had not changed after the introduction of free pricing in Swedish dentistry. It can be concluded that compared to the rapidly increasing international use of mandibular implant overdentures, this treatment of edentulous patients is rare in Sweden, where fixed implant-supported prostheses still are predominant.
Host/Issue Swedish dental journal;2
Volume 27
ISSN 0347-9994
Pages 59-66
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Oral prosthetics
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3023 (link to this page)

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