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Volume 9 , Issue 1
January/February 1994

Pages 207-213

Changes in Chewing Patterns After Implantation in the Edentulous Mandible

Ulrike Benzing, Dipl Ing/Heiner Weber, Prof Dr Med Dent/Anette Simonis, Dr Med Dent/Eva Engel, Dr Med Dent

Almost all edentulous patients with implant-supported prostheses in mandibles describe an improvement in their chewing function and quality of life. This was reason to believe that an implant prosthetic treatment actually influences mandibular border movements, as well as the chewing patterns. The present study compares border movements and chewing patterns in 15 patients recorded with the Sirognathograph. The first measurements were made with existing complete dentures. After implantation and rehabilitation with a Dolder-bar and clip-to-bar overdenture, the movements were recorded again. The measurements revealed an improved guidance of the mandibular movements and larger borderline patterns following stabilization of the complete denture with the bar. This leads to more harmonic shapes in the movements and better chewing efficiency. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1994;9 207-213)

Key words: border movement, chewing pattern, implant-supported complete denture

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