Revisiting rigid overdenture design following traditional removable prosthetic concepts: a case report

Mary Kang, Christine W. Chu, Richard D. Trushkowsky, Babak Hamidi, Gary R. Goldstein

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The inability to place a sufficient number of implants posteriorly may limit tooth and soft tissue replacement because of the cantilever effects that would result from the unsupported prosthesis. Fabrication of a fixed removable overdenture that is implant retained and supported by both implants and soft tissue allows adequate replacement of teeth and soft tissue for optimal mastication and esthetics. This case report describes a design for implant overdentures that conforms to fundamental removable prosthetic principles by using a rigid bar with bilateral locking passive attachments. The rigid implant overdenture provides extra retention via the locking attachments while maintaining stability with proper extensions and full soft tissue support posteriorly. This removable implant overdenture design is a suitable treatment option for patients who desire the sensation of a fixed prosthesis but are unable to receive fully implant-supported prostheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • fixed removable prosthesis
  • implant-supported prosthesis
  • locking attachment
  • overdenture
  • tissue-supported prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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