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J Prosthet Dent. 2019 Feb;121(2):195-199. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Aug 20.

Management of ectodermal dysplasia with tooth-supported computer-engineered complete overdentures: A clinical report.

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Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Clinical Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry, Portland, Ore. Electronic address:
Professor and Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.


Ectodermal dysplasia (ED) is a genetic disorder affecting organs derived from the embryonic ectoderm. Symptoms manifest early in life, and dental anomalies, including partial or complete edentulism, affect most of these patients. Overdentures have been a popular and conservative treatment option for patients with ED with a few natural teeth. Advancements in digital technology have improved and positively influenced dentistry, including removable prosthodontics. This clinical report describes a positive treatment outcome using computer-engineered complete overdentures to rehabilitate a patient with dental manifestations of ectodermal dysplasia.

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