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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 177-180

Tooth-supported attachment retained overdenture: forgotten concept revisited - A case report

Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India

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Dr. B T Pradeep Raja
Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry - 607 402
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DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_42_21

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Overdentures have been considered as a viable treatment alternative for complete dentures in preserving the alveolar ridge integrity. Overdentures remain the choice of the treatment for edentulous patients because of its associated advantages such as increased retention, stability, and support; decreased ridge resorption; and enhanced masticatory efficiency compared to the conventional dentures. Although implant-supported prosthesis provides a better survival, tooth-supported ball attachment retained prosthesis (TBSP) has its own advantages in terms of providing proprioception and economical alternative. Recent advancements with attachment-retained prosthesis enhanced the retention, stability, and support. With proper postoperative follow-up, it is possible for a practitioner to monitor the status of the abutments and provide the necessary care for longevity of the prosthesis. This case report postulates a technique for the fabrication of TBSP with stud attachments in the mandibular arch. Follow-up radiographs after 1 year revealed that alveolar bone of abutment teeth was considerably preserved.

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