The chewing ability of completely edentulous
patients is compromised due to edentulous state. Hence
there is lack of nutrients in such patients. Chewing has
direct influence on the body's nutrients, maintenance of
the body composition and the general health of patients.
Patients with chewing inability are affected to a greater
extent. The conventional method for treating edentulous
patients is to rehabilitate them with conventional
complete dentures. However, advances in implant
dentistry have allowed a shift from conventional
complete denture to implant-supported overdenture for
rehabilitation of edentulous patients and this improves
the overall chewing efficiency and the general health.
The purpose of this review is to compare the chewing
efficiency, masticatory bite force, nutritional status and
patient satisfaction among patients wearing complete
denture and implant retained overdentures.
Keywords : Chewing Ability, Completely Edndulous Patients, Chewing Efficiency.