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While most implant-based treatment has historically focused on fixed prosthetic tooth replacement, the multitude of benefits to the edentulous population from implant overdentures is overwhelming in improved function, emotional stability, physical health, and esthetics. Although there still remains a lack of consistency in techniques, prosthetic design, and attachment systems, these aspects have been proven less important to successful outcomes than once thought. This article presents a simplified approach to patient evaluation, treatment planning decisions, attachment selection, and technique.
The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this work.