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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

May 2004
Volume 35 , Issue 5

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Removable prostheses for preschool children: Report of two cases

Antonia Domínguez, MD/T. Aznar, MD

Pages: 397-400
PMID: 15130081

Dental prostheses are frequently used to avoid psychologic, speech, or swallowing problems in preschool children with considerable tooth loss. Two cases of preschool children are presented, involving multiple loss of primary teeth.The purpose of this study was to promote the correct development of the maxilla and mandible by using removable dental prostheses and to guide the eruption of the permanent molars. Removable acrylic prostheses were provided for two children, with a special metallic s-shaped handle (ansa), which guided the eruption of the first permanent molars. These prostheses were modified as the children grew. By replacing missing teeth, several oral functions were re-established, development of the maxilla and mandible was promoted, and each child could develop socially from a psychologic point of view. The use of removable dental prostheses in preschool-aged children presenting with considerable tooth loss can be a viable and successful treatment option.

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