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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2009;36(1): 150-156.
Jin-Young Kim, Kwang-Hee Lee, Ji-Young La, Dong-Jin Lee, So-Youn An, Yun-Hee Kim
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University
Corresponding Author: Ji-Young La ,Tel: 063-859-2957, Email: pedojy@wonkwang.ac.kr
Received: September 1, 2008;  Accepted: February 5, 2009.
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Objectives : The conventional removable appliance, composed of wires and acrylic resin, had unaesthetic results and poor retention. The flexible denture, as an alternative, presents improved aesthetics with the thin and strong resin retentive area. In addition, it also enhances patients' sensory function as a result of decreased volume of denture base. The flexibility of the flexible denture reduces the possibility of fracture and distributes the masticatory forces transmitted to the abutments and residual bone tissue. This report describes a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy with oligodontia treated with the flexible dentures as an alternative to conventional removable appliances. Methods : Impression was taken using alginate material and sent to a laboratory with the bite for fabrication of the flexible denture. Prior to try-in, the flexible denture was immersed in water at 90℃ for one minute and cooled. Impinging area of the denture was checked by Fit-Checker® and removed and the denture was delivered to the patient. Results : Both patients were satisfied with the flexible dentures, which presented improved retention and aesthetics. Conclusion : For patients with oligodontia, flexible dentures can be considered as a treatment of choice, which may replace the conventional denture.
Keywords: Oligodontia | Flexible denture | Valplast®
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