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The clinical success and periodontal evaluation of patients rehabilitated with light-cured obturators

Authors


Professor I.C. Benington, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Royal Group of Hospitals Trust, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BP, Northern Ireland.

Abstract

summary The clinical performance of a visible light-cured (VLC) resin for obturators was evaluated in 10 patients. All patients had undergone ablative surgery of the maxilla, previously worn conventional heat-cured hollow bulb acrylic obturators and were currently rehabilitated with VLC obturators. The obturators were assessed on their performance for each of the following: weight, retention, speech, eating and comfort. An evaluation of the periodontal status of those who retained teeth in the maxilla was also performed. It is concluded that patients found VLC obturators to have a more acceptable clinical performance than conventional acrylic obturators due primarily to a reduction in appliance weight.

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