Masticatory and Nutritional Aspects on Fixed and Removable Partial Dentures

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Title Masticatory and Nutritional Aspects on Fixed and Removable Partial Dentures
Author(s) Liedberg, Birgitta ; Norlén, Per ; Öwall, Bengt ; Stoltze, Kaj
Date 2004
English abstract
The aim of the present study was to evaluate mastication, food selection and nutritional aspects in two groups of persons restored with fixed (FPD, N=44) and removable (RPD, N=40) partial dentures respectively. The subjects were part of a cohort study of 67-68-year-old men living in Malmö, Sweden. The two groups were very similar regarding social factors and the inclusion criteria were chosen so that the groups were very equal regarding oral factors, apart from the difference in fixed and removable partial dentures. The number of natural teeth, number of replaced teeth and occlusal contacts did not differ significantly between the two groups, nor did the distribution of maxillary and mandibular dentures. A comprehensive examination of several general health factors included a home interview of dietary habits. A clinical examination included a 20-minute oral examination with registration of number of teeth, FPDs, RPDs, and occlusal contacts. It also included masticatory tests: chewing gum colour mixing, chewing gum bolus shaping, and swallowing threshold (number of strokes to the first swallow of an almond). The consumption of hard and soft foods was revealed by the dietary interview as well as the intake of energy and some nutrients. There was a significant difference between the groups regarding the capacity to mix the two-coloured chewing gum, to shape the chewing gum bolus and in the consumption of hard foods. There was no difference in the swallowing threshold and the consumption of soft foods. The intake of energy and nutrients did not differ significantly between the groups. The differences in masticatory capacity found thus seem to have little, if any, effect on the factors of importance for general health. A reasonable explanation for the differences found is that artificial teeth that are well retained, such as FPDs, make more active chewing possible than do removable, and often somewhat loose-fitting partial dentures.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00784-003-0223-6 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Clinical Oral Investigations;1
Volume 8
ISSN 1432-6981
Pages 11-17
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3075 (link to this page)

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