A selection of abstracts of clinically relevant papers from other journals. The abstracts on this page have been chosen and edited by John R. Radford.
No improvement in quality of life after implant prosthetic reconstruction following resective surgery for cancer.
Said MM, Otomaru T et al. J Investig Clin Dent 2017; 10.1111/jicd.12207
Eight studies fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria, three of which reported on the same patient cohort. This small number of studies is acceptable, as few patients require such treatment. Three studies measured functional activity, such as the ability to chew peanuts, and five looked at quality of life with the use of questionnaires. Although there was no improvement in quality of life after implant prosthetic reconstruction, there was increased patient satisfaction with implant-retained prosthesis. In addition, there was a consensus that non-implant-retained prosthesis can successfully rehabilitate patients following maxillectomy or marginal mandibulectomy.
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Systematic review of literature: functional outcomes of implant-prosthetic treatment in patients with surgical resection for oral cavity tumors. Br Dent J 223, 254 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.709