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Baba Farid University Dental Journal
Year : 2011, Volume : 2, Issue : 1
First page : ( 11) Last page : ( 14)
Print ISSN : 0976-8181. Online ISSN : 2230–7273.

Comparative study to evaluate masticatory efficiency speech and comfort using dentures fabricated with conventional method and neutral zone concept

Suganna Mahesh*Reader, Mahoorkar Sudhindra, Professor & Head, Sreenivas P., Professor & Head, Galgali Girish, Professor

*Address for Correspondence: Dr. Mahesh Suganna, Department of Prosthodontics, D. J. College of Dental Sciences and Research Modinagar-201204, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Online published on 1 October, 2011.

Abstract

The primary objective of complete denture prosthetics is to construct dentures that will satisfy the three basic requirements of the edentulous patient; maximum chewing efficiency, comfort, speech & aesthetics. The co-ordination of complete dentures with neuromuscular functions is the foundation of successful and stable dentures. The neutral zone is the potential space between the musculature of the lips & cheek on one side and the tongue on the other, where the muscular forces are in equilibrium and harmony. The neutral zone concept is not new to dentistry. Sir Wilfred Fish, in 1933 first introduced it to dentistry. Since then numerous papers discussing the Neutral zone have appeared in the dental literature.

This study was made with an aim to compare the masticatory efficiency, speech & comfort characteristics of complete dentures made with conventional method & neutral zone concept.

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Keywords

Conventional Dentures, Neutral Zone Concept, Masticatory Efficiency, Speech of Dentures, Comfort Of Dentures.

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