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Gerodontology

Do mandibular complete dentures made using a neutral zone technique improve speech?-A pilot study.


PMID 28744904

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate speech sound production (SSP) in older edentulous patients provided with two different types of mandibular complete dentures (MCDs; conventional vs neutral zone). Regarding the fact that complete dentures (CDs) affect SSP, it is unknown whether the set-up of the artificial teeth resulting from the neutral zone technique leads to a negative impact on SSP. For 21 participants, a conventional MCD and a MCD using a modified neutral zone technique (neutral zone dentures) were fabricated. The SSP was described using a phonetically balanced text, which was recorded digitally and evaluated. No significant difference in SSP was observed. Within the limits of this study, it can be concluded that the application of the neutral zone technique in the mandible has no considerable impact on SSP.