The Influence of Maximum Bite Force on Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life of Patients Wearing Mandibular Implant Overdentures


Geckili O. , Bilhan H. , Mumcu E. , Tuncer N.

JOURNAL OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY, vol.38, no.3, pp.271-277, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1563/aaid-joi-d-10-00073
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.271-277

Abstract

The treatment of edentulism with traditional complete dentures can often induce impaired masticatory function due to limited retention and stability, especially in the lower jaw. Mandibular interforaminal implants have been widely used to stabilize the dentures, consequently improving masticatory performance in edentulous individuals. The aim of the present study was to document the influence of this improved masticatory function on patient satisfaction and quality of life of patients wearing mandibular implant-supported overdentures. Sixty-two patients treated with various types of implant-supported mandibular overdentures between 2004 and 2007 were included in this retrospective study. Maximum bite force (MBF) was measured bilaterally using a device with 2 strain gauges connected to a strain gauge measurement system. All the included patients were asked to fill out visual analog scale (VAS) forms based on general and chewing satisfaction and OHIP-14 forms. Results were analyzed by the Spearman rho test. No statistically significant correlation was found between MBF values and VAS general or VAS chewing satisfaction or Oral Health Impact Profile scores (P > .05). The results indicate that MBF is not associated with the satisfaction or quality of life of implant-supported mandibular overdenture wearers.