Clinical Assessment of Edentate Elders for Mandibular Implant Overdentures

  • Charlotte Stilwell


A comprehensive clinical assessment is the basis of safe and predictable treatment planning. A systematic approach further ensures that all relevant aspects and factors are included and considered. With the specific focus on the elderly patient, the clinical assessment commences with the first approach for an appointment and the patient’s ability and possible needs connected with attending the dental office. At the first visit, the clinical assessment is divided between obtaining a full patient history, performing a clinical examination and establishing the need for additional investigations. Specifically, for consideration of mandibular implant overdentures, investigations related to existing dentures and denture wearing history are important to establish clear indication for treatment. Similarly, a risk assessment in relation to implant therapy is recommended to ensure that the surgical aspect amongst other is appropriate and that no contraindications exist.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte Stilwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Specialist Dental ServicesLondonUK

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