Background: Tooth loss is an age-related problem. As the age advances, people's ability to maintain their teeth is affected due to their reduced physical capacity and income. Masticatory ability and food selection are majorly affected by loss of teeth forcing elderly edentulous people to choose soft and easy to chew foodstuff when compared with dentate individuals. Aim of the study: To study nutritional status of patients using conventional complete denture and implant supported overdenture. Materials and methods: The present study was conducted in the Department of Prosthodontics of the Dental institution. For the study, we selected 30 edentulous patients, 15 patients of which had got implant supported overdenture while 15 had got conventional complete dentures. The age of the patients ranged from 35 to 65 years. The inclusion criteria for the study were that the patients were edentulous for at least 10 years and must have been using their respective dentures regularly. The patients were placed into respective groups, Group IO- Patients with implant supported overdenture and Group CD– Patients with conventional complete denture. Results: In the present study, a total of 30 subjects participated, 15 patients in each group, Group CD and Group IO. The mean age of patients in Group CD was 53.12 years and Group IO was 54.54 years. We observed that on comparing the mean of different parameters, non-significant results were obtained. Conclusion: Comparison of nutritional status of patients wearing complete denture and patients with implant supported overdentures from past 10 year showed non-significant differences. The blood parameters for both the groups were in normal range except for cholesterol.
Keywords: Overdenture, nutrition, edentulous