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Duration: 36 minutes, 29 seconds

Author: Dr. Glen Liddelow

Treatment of Mandibular Edentulism and the Terminal Dentition Introduction Edentulism, the loss of teeth, is a common problem that is often caused by caries or periodontal disease. As people age, the number of edentulous individuals increases, leading to various oral health issues and problems with overall health. This article explores the treatment options available for mandibular edentulism and the terminal dentition, focusing on the use of implant prosthesis to improve oral health, quality of life, and overall well-being. I. Understanding Edentulism A. Definition and Causes of Edentulism B. Magnitude of the Problem with Aging C. Impact of Edentulism on Oral Health and Overall Health II. The Challenge of Denture Patients A. Problem of Degeneration of Supporting Tissues B. Complications with Neuromuscular Control C. The Maladaptive Behavior of Denture Patients III. Benefits of Treating Edentulous Patients with Implant Prosthesis A. Improving Oral Health B. Enhancing Quality of Life C. Overall Health Benefits IV. Treatment Options for Edentulism A. Complete Dentures B. Implant Overdentures C. Implant Detachable Prosthesis D. Fixed Prosthesis V. Preferred Treatment Approach for Edentulous Patients A. Complete Maxillary Denture B. Fixed Prosthesis in the Lower Jaw Conclusion In conclusion, edentulism is a prevalent problem, especially among the aging population. However, with advances in dental implant technology, the treatment options for mandibular edentulism and the terminal dentition have significantly improved. By using implant prosthesis, individuals can experience improved oral health, enhanced quality of life, and overall better health outcomes. It is crucial for dentists and prosthodontists to consider these treatment options to provide the best possible care for edentulous patients. FAQs 1. Can dental implants be used for all edentulous patients? No, not all edentulous patients are suitable candidates for dental implants. An assessment of bone density and overall oral health is necessary to determine eligibility. 2. How long does the treatment process for dental implants take? The treatment duration for dental implants varies depending on individual cases. It can range from several months to a year, including the healing period after implant placement. 3. Are dental implants a permanent solution? Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. 4. Can implant prosthesis be customized to match the natural teeth? Yes, implant prosthesis can be customized to match the natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size. This ensures a seamless blend with the remaining natural teeth. 5. Is implant prosthesis covered by insurance? Insurance coverage for implant prosthesis varies. Some dental insurance plans may provide partial coverage, while others may not cover it at all. It is recommended to check with your insurance provider beforehand.

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