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Br Dent J. 1994 May 7;176(9):342-5.

Denture fracture--a survey.

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Department of Prosthodontics & Periodontology, University of Bristol Dental School.


The fracture of dentures is an unresolved problem. Despite increasing costs incurred by the nation on the repair of these prostheses, very little has been documented on the type of fracture encountered. This survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of type of fracture by the distribution of questionnaires to three different laboratories. Results obtained showed that 33% of the repairs carried out were due to debonded/detached teeth. Twenty-nine per cent were repairs to midline fractures, more commonly seen in upper complete dentures. The remaining 38% were other types of fractures, the majority of which constituted repairs to upper partial dentures. The latter involved detachment of acrylic resin saddles from the metal in metal based dentures and the fractures of connectors in the all-acrylic resin partial dentures.

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