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Facts and fallacies: an evidence base for complete dentures

Journal article
Authors Gunnar E Carlsson
Published in Dent Update
Volume 33
Pages 134-142
Publication year 2006
Published at Institute of Odontology
Pages 134-142
Language en
Keywords Complete dentures,dogmas, edentulism, prosthodontics
Subject categories Oral prosthetics

Abstract

The rate of edentulism is falling but many edentulous people still need complete denture service. There is poor correlation between the quality of dentures and patient satisfaction. There is no evidence that a more complex fabrication technique including face-bow registration results in a better clinical outcome. Balanced occlusion/articulation is not necessary for successful complete denture function. Variations in materials and techniques appear to have only minor influence, if any, on the clinical end result. Psychosocial factors, especially a good relationship between dentist and patient, are more important than prosthodontic factors for a positive outcome. Clinical Relevance: Creating a good relationship between the dentist and the patient is extremely important for a successful outcome of a complete denture treatment. Objectives Statement: The reader should understand that the paucity of good studies in the complete denture literature necessitates a cautious and humble attitude towards conflicting opinions.

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