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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

September/October 2012
Volume 25 , Issue 5

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Alternative Procedure to Improve the Stability of Mandibular Complete Dentures: A Modified Neutral Zone Technique

Peter Rehmann, Dr Med Dent/Martha Zenginel, Dr Med Dent/Bernd Wöstmann, Prof Dr Med Dent

Pages: 506-508
PMID: 22930774

The aim of this report is to describe an alternative technique to record the neutral zone. An acrylic resin base with posterior occlusal rims was applied using a thermoplastic denture adhesive. After being worn for 2 days, the base was transferred into an acrylic resin complete denture. Most patients reported an improvement in denture stability and a reduction of pressure sores. This procedure seems to be helpful to improve denture function, especially in the mandible, in patients who cannot be treated with implants. However, because of its complexity, this neutral zone technique cannot be recommended for routine clinical use. Int J Prosthodont 2012;25:506–508.

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