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J Dent. 2005 Sep;33(8):659-68.

Do traditional techniques produce better conventional complete dentures than simplified techniques?

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Department of Gnatho-Oral Prosthetic Rehabilitation, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Chiba, Japan. ykawai@mascat.nihon-u.ac.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare the quality of conventional complete dentures fabricated with two different techniques. A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted to compare traditional (T) and simplified (S) methods of making complete conventional dentures on patients' ratings of satisfaction, comfort and function at 3 and 6 months following delivery. The quality of the prostheses was rated by prosthodontists at 6 months.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

One hundred twenty-two male and female edentulous individuals, aged 45-75 years, were randomly allocated into groups that received dentures made with either T or S methods. Following delivery, patients' ratings of several denture-related factors were measured using 100mm visual analogue scales, and denture quality was assessed by blinded prosthodontists using ratings on a validated quantitative scale.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences between the two groups in patient ratings for overall satisfaction (3 months: mean T = 83 mm, mean S = 83 mm, P = 0.97; 6 months: mean T = 79 mm, mean S = 79 mm, P = 0.96) or in prosthodontists' ratings of denture quality (T = 66, S = 63; P = 0.38).

CONCLUSION:

These results show that the quality of complete dentures does not suffer when manufacturing techniques are simplified to save time and materials. Dental educators should consider these findings when re-designing prosthodontic training programs.

PMID:
16139697
DOI:
10.1016/j.jdent.2005.01.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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