Rehabilitating the completely edentulous patient is one of the most challenging tasks we face in restorative dentistry, and for me, the most rewarding. The majority of the patients I see with an existing set of complete dentures are suffering from pain under the denture bases, poor retention, difficulty with mastication and unnatural esthetics (Figure 1). I feel our society has come to accept the fact that this is what you get when you lose all of your teeth, that this is how dentures are supposed to feel because they are dentures! The psychological effects that accompany the loss of teeth often lead patients to insecurities, social isolation, and even depression. The physical effects of pain, weight loss, and poor nutrition can be even more debilitating.
Combining what we have learned from Pete’s Concept of Complete DentistrySM, classic removable prosthodontic principles, and the latest technologies in implant dentistry, we have the ability to impact our patients’ lives in a way they never knew was possible.