Introduction- In order to overcome the problems of conventional complete denture implant overdenture came into existence. This study was designed to determine a better as well as economical treatment option for edentulous mandible in north Indian population. Material and method- The study was designed to evaluate the bite force among different dental prosthetic options. 10 patients with conventional denture, 10 with single implant supported overdenture and 10 patients with two implant supported overdenture were selected. Bite force was recorded using bite gauge- an electronic bite gauge which uses the principle of strain gauge to measure the bite force (ASEC solution, Bangalore, India). The strain gauge sensor was kept between 1st molar areas of both the denture unilaterally both right and left side. Patient was asked to exert maximum force and 3 readings were recorded both right and left side. The reading obtained was in Newton. Result- The mean value of bite force among all these three treatment modalities was measured and tabulated for both right and left side, ANOVA and post hoc Tukey HSD test was applied to evaluate and compare the retention force among all these three treatment modality. Conclusion- A significant difference in retention was found among all the three treatment modalities. However more bite force was there on right side.
Keywords: bite force, overdenture, implant