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Volume 21 , Issue 3
May/June 2008

Pages 233–236

Short Communication: Magnetic Retention and Bar-Clip Attachment for Implant-Retained Auricular Prostheses: A Comparative Analysis

Andréa Alves de Sousa, MS/Beatriz Silva Câmara Mattos, DDS, PhD

PMID: 18548962

Retention systems for implant-retained auricular prostheses using either bar-clip attachments with 2 or 3 clips or retention with 2 or 3 magnets were wear tested (insertion and removal cycles) to simulate clinical periods of use. Measurements were taken at intervals of 540 cycles, which represents a period of use of approximately 6 months, for up to 3,240 cycles. Assessments of retentive force were carried out before, during, and after the wear test. Statistical analysis indicated that the bar-clip systems provided higher retention than the magnetic systems. The bar-clip attachment with 2 clips showed a significant loss of retentive force after wear testing (P < .05), suggesting lower durability and shorter clinical life. The retention provided by the bar-clip attachment with 3 clips remained stronger than that provided by all other systems tested. At the end of the wear test, the magnetic systems showed very little loss of retention but were still less retentive than the bar-clip systems, suggesting higher durability under clinical simulation despite the lower retention initially provided. Int J Prosthodont 2008;21:233–236.

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