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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 148-150

Complete denture fractures: A clinical study


Department of Prosthodontics, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Amit V Naik
c/o Dr V P Naik, 3141, Khade Bazar, Belgaum, Karnataka-590 001
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.57084

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The main purpose of the study was to determine the causes for the fracture of complete dentures of patients reporting to the Department of Prosthodontics, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Data collected from 200 patients reported for repair of their complete dentures. Data was collected from patients, aged between 30 to 80 years (mean 55 plus/minus 25 years), from both the genders. Investigations were done on factors causing the fracture. After the analysis it was observed that the ratio of fracture of upper to lower denture was 1:3. Most fractures were common among males (55%). The most common reason being accidental dropping of the denture in case of the lower and improper fit and stability of the denture, improper arrangement and occlusion of the teeth for the upper one. Midline fracture was the most common site of fracture (60%). After analysis, the causes for the fracture were divided into material factors and clinical/ technical factors. It was concluded that the after denture delivery, instructions of denture care were required to reduce mishaps, proper principles of denture construction were required for mechanical advantage of the denture - balanced occlusion, removal of interferences, reduction of stress concentration areas, etc has to be followed. The use of high impact acrylics and strengthened acrylic along with methods increasing fracture toughness of the conventional acrylic dentures are to be used.


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