Phonetics and tongue position to improve mandibular denture retention: A clinical report

David M. Bohnenkamp, Lily T. Garcia

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Abstract

The fabrication, use, and wear instructions for complete dentures are often the factors determining success. The dentist must help guide the mental attitude of the skeptical patient to foster acceptance and success of complete dentures. A "feeling of looseness" may be a condition experienced while patients learn to wear a new mandibular complete denture. Some patients may not understand the reasons given by dentists for the lack of retention of a new mandibular denture. This type of patient requires more explanation, more advice, and more instruction. A phonetic training technique, to demonstrate to the patient how to retain and stabilize the mandibular denture, may be needed for some denture patients. This article reports the clinical use of phonetics and its effect on tongue position to improve the retention and stability of a mandibular complete denture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-347
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Volume98
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery

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