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The International Journal of Prosthodontics
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Int J Prosthodont 32 (2019), No. 5     9. Sep. 2019
Int J Prosthodont 32 (2019), No. 5  (09.09.2019)

Page 389-392, doi:10.11607/ijp.6211, PubMed:31486808


Improving Oral Health-Related Quality of Life by Converting Fractured Abutment Teeth in Double Crown-Retained Removable Prostheses into Root-Anchored Ball Attachments
Rauch, Angelika / Hahnel, Sebastian / Köthe, Stefan / Schierz, Oliver
Purpose: To investigate changes in oral health prior to and after conversion of fractured abutment teeth in double crown-retained removable dental protheses (DC-RDPs) into root-anchored ball attachments.
Materials and Methods: Twenty patients were supplied with one root-anchored ball attachment after abutment tooth fracture. The Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP-49) was completed by the patients prior to and after treatment to assess changes in perceived oral health.
Results: Changes in OHIP were statistically and clinically significant (28.90 points prior to treatment and 13.80 points after treatment), especially in cases with a minor number of remaining double crowns.
Conclusion: The conversion of fractured abutment teeth in DC-RDPs into root-anchored ball attachments can be an effective strategy for improving perceived oral health.