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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2012 April;61(4):113-23


language: English, Italian

Benefits of the simplified edentulous treatment (SET) method in communicating with the laboratory

Preti G., Notaro V., Bernardo S., Ceruti P., Gassino G.

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, San Giovanni Battista University Hospital, Turin, Italy


AIM: According to the literature, a high quality prosthetic rehabilitation consists of physical and psychological acceptance of the denture by the patient, an empathic relationship between the clinician and the patient and correct application of complete denture construction principles. To apply these principles correctly, it is important to establish excellent communication with the technician. Interactions between dentists and technical laboratories is typically characterised by minimal communication, which is considered to be the most significant problem for achieving a qualitatively elevated prosthetic manufacture. The aim of the simplified edentulous treatment (SET) method is to correctly transmit clinical data to the laboratory and maintain these data throughout the entire treatment period.
METHODS:One hundred twenty-three completely edentulous, Caucasian patients (71 men and 52 women; medium age: 66 years; range 27 to 85 years) were recruited for this study.
The inclusion criteria were total edentulism, both maxillary and mandibular, both in patients wearing and not wearing a complete denture. To complete the denture, the patients were entrusted to 65 teams of two students each, attending the fifth year of their degree course in dentistry and performing their first rehabilitation of an edentulous patient, under the supervision of six skilled tutors. The denture manufacturing was performed by 12 technical laboratories.
RESULTS:In the rehabilitation of an edentulous patient, transmission of clinical data to the technical laboratory is effective and reliable.
CONCLUSION: The data transfer block allows one to transfer all of the necessary information to the laboratory at one time.

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