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Minerva Stomatologica 2004 March;53(3):101-10

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Prosthetic rehabilitation of edentulous patients after stroke

Corsalini M., Grassi R., Di Venere D., Carella M., Caprio S., Covelli M.


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Aim. Stroke is actually the 3rd cause of death in the world after cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In Italy, every year there are 100000 new cases; 2/3 of them die or become heavily disabled. The greatest part of patients which survive is old-aged and 70% of patients that survive is a removable denture wearer.
Methods. At the Neurological Clinic of the Polyclinic Hospital of Bari we have studied 14 removable denture wearers that had had a stroke.
Results. We observed that 85.7 % of removable dentures were inefficient, in 50% there will need a new removable prosthesis; 50% of persons had a bad dental hygiene; 93% of denture wearers with stroke didn't make an odontoiatric control after stroke.
Conclusion. Although the analysis of the orodental status has been carried out on a limited number of patients, the need of a greater motivation and solicitation in dental check-up is underlined. The role of the dentist in oral rehabilitation and in rehabilitation of post stroke dysphagia in stroke survivors is also examined.

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