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Volume 29 , Issue 6
November/December 2016

Pages 570–572

Using a Modified Neutral Zone Technique to Improve the Stability of Mandibular Complete Dentures: A Prospective Clinical Study

Peter Rehmann, PD Dr Med Dent/Anna Katharina Künkel, Dr Med Dent/Daniel Weber, Dr Med Dent/Ulrich Lotzmann, Prof Dr Med Dent/Bernd Wöstmann, Prof Dr Med Dent

PMID: 27824976
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4780

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the improvement in mandibular complete dentures (MCD) stability using a modified neutral zone technique (MNZT). Materials and Methods: For 21 patients who were dissatisfied with their primary MCD, MCDs were fabricated using the MNZT. Results: Nearly all of the patients showed considerable improvement in oral health–related quality of life, and 85.7% of the patients stated an improvement in general denture stability and while chewing. A masticatory function test showed no significant changes. Conclusion: This MNZT seems to improve MCD function, especially in patients who cannot be treated with implants.

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