Title: 0839 - Patients’ Experiences with Two-Implants Overdentures; A Qualitative Phenomenological Exploration
Entisar Abdulkader (Presenter)
Richard Hovey, McGill University
Objectives: Two-implant overdenture is considered the minimum standard of care for treating completely edentulous patient. However, little is known about the patient’s experience with this treatment modality. Therefore, this study’s intention was to understand in-depth, the research participants lived experiences of being edentulous and having the minimum standard of care.
Methods: Interpretive phenomenology analysis was adopted as the study’s methodology. We conducted eight semi-structured open-ended face-to-face interviews with completely edentulous patients treated with two-implants lower overdenture opposed by upper complete denture. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. A thematic analysis was used to identify emergent themes from the narrative data.
Results: Although all the study participants were being able to express their satisfaction with the two-implants overdentures, a few of them had difficulty remembering the challenges of their conventional complete dentures. Three main themes were identified: improved function; normal social life; and long-term challenges. The first two findings were related to increase denture stability and chewing ability, while the third theme was related to the expenses associated with the implant overdentures maintenance.
Conclusions: Despite the long-term challenges, completely edentulous patients treated with two-implants assisted overdentures experienced improved functions and improved social life
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