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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 72

Management of compromised residual alveolar ridges using hollow denture with three-dimensional printed spacer and specialized impression technique

Department of Dental Surgery and Oral Health Sciences, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Navdeep Singh
Department of Dental Surgery and Oral Health Sciences, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1735-3327.379629

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Impression making in compromised residual alveolar ridge is a regular challenge in rehabilitating patients with conventional removable complete dentures. In patients who cannot afford implant-supported dentures, specialized impression technique is a viable and justified option for fabrication of complete dentures. More often, the stability of denture in such patients becomes a deciding factor between failure and success. Furthermore, increased interarch space may result in increased height of maxillary and/or mandibular dentures with corresponding increase in weight, which further compromises the retention and stability of the prosthesis. This article describes an amalgamation of Hobkirk's impression technique in a case of resorbed maxillary residual alveolar ridge with a flabby anterior segment and fabrication of hollow maxillary dentures using a “three-dimensional printed dental spacer” with a “double-flask technique.” The weight of the final prosthesis was reduced therefore contributing to improved retention and stability of the final prosthesis.

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