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Removable Implant Solutions for the Edentulous Patient

By David A. Little, DDS

Commercial Supporter: Zest Dental Solutions

Overdentures are used to help partially and fully edentulous patients regain quality of life by promoting better digestion, slowing bone loss, helping retain facial structure, and providing comfort and overall confidence. The factors determining whether an implant-supported overdenture is the best option can be divided into patient level and arch level. Thorough review of these factors is crucial for determining the most satisfying and clinically successful option.


  • Discuss treatment planning for the edentulous patient for an implant-retained, soft-tissue–supported prosthesis.

  • Evaluate prosthesis and attachment options.

  • Review the patient factors that determine the selection of the appropriate prosthesis.

About the Author

David A. Little, DDS
Private Practice
Adjunct Clinical Professor
University of Texas Health Dental School
San Antonio, Texas

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