Prof Martin Tickle: A randomised controlled trial comparing the quality of life (QoL) and masticatory efficiency of patients with implant-retained (IRMO) compared with mini-implant-retained mandibular overdentures (MIRMO).

It is estimated that there are over three million people in the UK who have no teeth at all. There is national and international evidence that these patients should be provided with dental implants in the lower jaw to help to retain their lower denture. However, this treatment is costly and considered invasive by potential patients.

A team at the University of Manchester Dental Hospital, led by Professor Martin Tickle and Dr Craig Barclay, have secured a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) award of £250,000 to fund a pilot randomised controlled trial comparing standard dental implants to smaller diameter ‘mini’ implants, which are cheaper and simpler to place.

This project was propelled into action when a member of the research team attended an RDS NW RfPB development series in the autumn of 2011.

The project was also awarded a PPI bursary from RDS NW to help with the inclusion of PPI in the proposal development.

Mark Harrison and Tanya Walsh from the RDS NW Greater Manchester team provided advice in areas including: evaluation design, health economics, statistics, trial design and they also critically read the proposal.

Warm thanks to all those who helped facilitate.