Satisfaction of Patients Wearing Implant-retained and Tissue-supported Mandibular Overdentures

José Jorge SCHOICHET, Eduardo Lúcio SOARES, Aristides da Rosa PINHEIRO, Maria de Fátima O. Seixas SCHOICHET, Bruno Cunha RANGEL, Cresus Vinícius Depes de GOUVÊA

Abstract


Objective: To evaluate the satisfaction of individuals wearing implant-retained and tissue-supported mandibular overdentures relating the number of implants and the types of retainers.
Method: Patients attending the clinics of the Postgraduate Program in Implantology of the Dental School of the Fluminense Federal University were evaluated by means of interviews and review of their dental charts, revealing 140 osseointegrated implants and 40 implant-retained and tissue-supported mandibular overdentures. Approximately 70% of these patients were 60 years of age or more, and most of them wore conventional complete dentures in the maxillary arch. The number of implants and the types of retainers used in the oral rehabilitation of these patients were determined, and the relationships between these issues and patients’ satisfaction regarding function, retention and general satisfaction were assessed. The possible responses ranged from very unsatisfied to very satisfied.
Results: In all situations evaluated in the study, 87% of the patients’ responses regarding satisfaction varied between very satisfied and satisfied. Type of retention scored the lowest values and general satisfaction scored the highest values.
Conclusion: Regardless of the number of implants (2, 3 or 4) and types of retainers (ball or bar attachments), there was no significant variation in the satisfaction of patients wearing implant-retained and tissue-supported mandibular overdentures, since most of them declared themselves as satisfied or very satisfied with the factors examined in this study.

Keywords


Implante dentário; Retenção em dentadura; Satisfação do paciente; Dental implantation; Denture retention; Patient satisfaction.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4034/pboci.v10i1.812

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