Case Presentation: Implant Retained Mandibular Prostheses
This chapter will present a clinical case describing the treatment of a lower edentulous patient with an implant-retained prosthesis. The surgical strategies underlining the placement and the distribution of the dental implants to optimize the prosthetic outcome will be highlighted and discussed. The various clinical and laboratory steps starting from the planning to the completion of the prostheses will be presented as well as the criteria for the selection of single attachments for this prosthetic design. This also includes the description and review of the various techniques available to connect the matrix component of the attachment to the denture base. The advantages of each technique will be discussed and their inconveniences highlighted.
Digital dentistry can present tremendous advantages for the elderly patient. This chapter will also present the various clinical steps and digital workflow involved in the fabrication of implant-retained mandibular complete dentures for the edentulous patient. The advantages and inconveniences related to the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in complete denture will be underlined.
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