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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-39

Liquid-supported denture: A gentle option

Department of Prosthodontics, Dr. D. Y. Patil dental College and Hospital Pimpri, Pune - 18, India

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Brajesh Dammani
Department of Prosthodontics, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital Pimpri, Pune - 18
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.32516

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The ideal properties of a complete denture are adequate rigidity on the polished surface to bear masticatory forces and at the same time, flexibility and softness on the tissue surface for proper and even distribution of the masticatory forces. The problem with a conventional denture is that on its tissue surface, the denture is rigid leading to uneven distribution of load. This drawback even worsens in the case of flabby, atrophic and unemployed ridges with excessive bone resorption. Various methods and materials have been used to give a cushioning effect to the tissues when dentures are actually in use including liquid-supported dentures. The complete denture is designed so that the base is covered with a preshaped, closed fitting, flexible, foil. This technique allows continued adaptation of the denture to the mucosa in the resting and functional states. A complete denture will not have a good prognosis if it violates the foundation on which it rests. Liquid-supported dentures eliminate the main disadvantages encountered due to rigid denture base materials thereby providing proper retention, stability, support and comfort to the patient.

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