The impact of implant supported removable partial dentures supported by short implants on oral health quality of life Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Gates, William Day
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics
  • For decades, removable partial dentures (RPDs) have been a standard treatment for partial edentulism despite major shortcomings. To alleviate these problems, implants have been incorporated to provide additional support, increase stability, and maintain bone. This prospective study incorporated dental implants to evaluate; a comparison of impact on oral health quality of life RPDs and implant supported removable partial dentures (ISRPDs); prosthetic outcome of ISRPDs; 6 month survival of 6mm Astra-tech implants. Ten patients received new RPDs, but prior to fabrication of a RPD, 6 mm dental implants were placed in the posterior edentulous areas. Examination of oral health occurred at 6 weeks and 12 weeks after delivery of the RPD. At 12 weeks, attachments were inserted and the RPD was converted to implant ISRPD. Subsequent follow-ups at 18 weeks and 26 weeks demonstrated a statistical improvement in oral health quality of life. All sixteen implants survived.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in the School of Dentistry (Prosthodontics)."
  • De Kok, Ingeborg
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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