Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Research Article| Volume 105, ISSUE 4, P213-216, April 2011

Augmenting retention and stability of an occlusal device for a partially dentate patient using existing extracoronal attachments: a clinical report

      Occlusal devices are a valid treatment modality in certain clinical situations. For an occlusal device to be effective, sufficient retention and stability should be derived from coverage of the occlusal and incisal surfaces of the teeth. In the absence of most or all of the posterior teeth, the effectiveness of the device could become compromised as the incisal portions of the anterior teeth are typically not conducive to adequately retaining and stabilizing the device. This clinical report describes an approach to improving the retention and stability of an occlusal device for a patient with shortened dental arches by use of the patient's existing extracoronal attachments.
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