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Refusal of implant supported mandibular overdentures by elderly patients

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Janice EllisORCiD, Professor Mark Thomason


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Objective: The aim of this study was to gain greater in-depth understanding of why elderly patients who are currently dissatisfied with conventional dentures decline implant treatment. Background: There is strong evidence from high-quality randomised controlled trials to support the use of implant-supported overdentures for the restoration of the edentulous mandible. However, whilst recruiting for randomised clinical trials, researchers have found that a high proportion of potential subjects decline participation, despite the removal of financial constraints. Materials and methods: The study adopted a qualitative approach to provide a rich and deep understanding of people's reasons for refusal. Data were collected through focus group interviews in a two-centre study based in Montreal, Canada and Newcastle, UK. A semi-structured interview schedule was used and iteratively developed as analysis identified themes from previous focus groups. Transcripts of focus groups were coded and emergent themes determined. Results: Two main themes emerged; patients' fear and anxiety (relating to the pain of surgery, complications of the procedure and immediate post-surgical denture use), and the appropriateness of the procedure in an elderly person. Conclusions: Fears of pain, complications and social embarrassment, exacerbated by age, are important factors that help explain refusal of implants by elderly patients.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ellis JS, Levine A, Bedos C, Mojon P, Rosberger Z, Feine J, Thomason JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gerodontology

Year: 2011

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 62-68

Print publication date: 02/06/2010

ISSN (print): 0734-0664

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2358

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2009.00348.x


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