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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 2     1. June 1990
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 2  (01.06.1990)

Page 107-111

Oral Function in Patients Treated with Prostheses on Brånemark Osseointegrated Implants in Partially Edentulous jaws: A Pilot Study
Tzakis, Mihail G. / Linden, Bengt / Jemt, Torsten
To study the oral function of partially edentulous patients treated with fixed prostheses on osseointegrated implants, recordings of the masticatory efficiency and occlusal perception of thickness were performed. The retrievable fixed partial prostheses were used to study the immediate impact of reduced fixed occlusal support on masticatory efficiency. The masticatory efficiency was subjectively satisfactory but objectively lower when compared to naturally complete dentate persons. Furthermore, the immediate impact of reduced fixed occlusal support was compromised masticatory efficiency, which was more pronounced when the occlusal support was removed on either side.

Keywords: masticatory efficiency, oral function, osseointegrated implants, tactile sensibility