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Article: Volume 39 Number 2 Page 108 - March 2012

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  Dent Update 2012; 39: 108-116

Prosthodontics:  Full-Arch Implant-Retained Prosthetics in General Dental Practice

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Abstract: The loss of all teeth from one or both dental arches is a significant disability affecting self-confidence, communication, masticatory function and aesthetics. Whilst missing teeth cannot be restored to the natural state, the development of a prosthetic dentition has been a goal of dental science throughout the centuries. Contemporary techniques allow for the replacement of missing dentition with fixed or removable solutions, solving many of the problems. Implant dentistry has transformed this area of medicine. This article provides dental practitioners with an overview of this important area of patient care.

Clinical relevance: Dental practitioners in clinical practice will frequently see edentulism; a good understanding of the available options for rehabilitation is essential.

Author notes: Nigel Rosenbaum, BDS, MFGDP(UK), MMedSci, MRD RCS(Eng), Clinical Teacher Implant Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, University of Sheffield, Sheffield and Peak Implant Clinics, Derbyshire, UK.

Objective: To provide an overview of contemporary implant-retained solutions for the edentulous mouth.