Clinical Outcomes

  • Raphael F. de Souza


The clinical outcomes of implant-retained overdentures can be depicted in several ways. Perhaps the most intuitive manner is to classify each implant and prosthesis as successful or not. Treating edentulous patients with implants will also place them at risk of certain problems, including prosthetic complications and unfavorable soft and hard tissue responses. These adverse events add to those already expected following conventional denture treatment. In this chapter, the main success criteria for implants are described. Success rates are provided for the main treatment methods based on mandibular overdentures retained by different attachments and implant numbers. Some eventual complications and maintenance events are also described, including changes in the peri-implant complex and supporting tissues. The chapter also reviews the maintenance of overdentures per se, including attachments and other prosthetic parts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raphael F. de Souza
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of DentistryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Dental Materials and Prosthetics, School of Dentistry of Ribeirao PretoUniversity of Sao PauloRibeirao PretoBrazil

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