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Volume 23 , Issue 5
September/October 2010

Pages 418–420

The Effect of Mandibular Denture Abstention on Masseter Muscle Thickness in a 97-Year-Old Patient: A Case Report

Martin Schimmel, Dr Med Dent/Angelica Loup, Med Dent/Elena Duvernay, Dr Med Dent/Nikolay Gaydarov, Med Dent/Frauke Müller, Prof, Dr Med Dent

PMID: 20859556

This case report describes the effect of complete denture abstention and subsequent rehabilitation with mandibular implant-supported overdentures (IOD) on masseter muscle thickness (MMT) in a 97-year-old patient. MMT was measured bilaterally using an ultrasound scanner during 1 year of wearing a conventional denture, after 101 days of voluntary denture abstention, and 3, 6, and 12 months after delivery of the IOD. MMT decreased by 17% during denture abstention following repeated implant surgery, and returned to 100% during the 12 months with the mandibular IOD. This case suggests that muscle bulk may be related to denture function. Int J Prosthodont 2010;23:418–420.

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