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The International Journal of Prosthodontics



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Int J Prosthodont 28 (2015), No. 4     28. July 2015
Int J Prosthodont 28 (2015), No. 4  (28.07.2015)

Page 345-347, doi:10.11607/ijp.4070, PubMed:26218014

Comparison of the Masticatory Functions of Complete Dentures and Implant-Retained Overdentures
Bae, Ji-Cheol / Jeong, Seung-Hwa / Jeong, Chang-Mo / Huh, Jung-Bo
The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in the masticatory functions of complete dentures before and after the insertion of a LOCATOR attachment. The mixing ability index with a two-colored paraffin wax cube was used to quantify masticatory performance. In addition, degree of satisfaction with the treatment was assessed using a visual analog scale. The mixing ability index for the implant-retained overdentures and the complete dentures were calculated (−0.03 ± 1.38 and −2.10 ± 1.57, respectively), as were the visual analog scales of the implant-retained overdentures and the complete dentures (8.9 ± 1.5 and 4.3 ± 1.7, respectively). The paired t test revealed significant improvements (P < .001).