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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 10 (1995), No. 6     1. Nov. 1995
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 10 (1995), No. 6  (01.11.1995)

Page 759-764


Treatment of Edentulous Patients With Temporomandibular Disorders With Implant-Supported Overdentures
Engel, Eva / Weber, Heiner
Treatment of edentulous patients who have temporomandibular disorders is difficult because of the poor stability of their conventional complete dentures. With an implant-supported bar and a clip-to-bar overdenture, mandibular dentures can be stabilized. The results of a prospective clinical study of 10 edentulous patients with temporomandibular disorders and treatment with implant-supported overdentures in mandibles are presented. Before and after 3 years of wearing the implant-supported overdentures, patients were interviewed and a clinical functional analysis was taken. Patients with displacement of the articular disc or bone destruction of the joints had a decrease in pain, an enhanced mobility of the mandible, and a decrease in temporomandibular joint sounds. Patients with pain of muscular genesis as a result of bruxism suffered after 3 years from the same pain and did not show an improvement of muscle or joint sensitivity.

Keywords: edentulous patients, implant supported overdentures, temporomandibular disorders