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ISRN DentistryVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 430214, 5 pages

Research Article

Department of Prosthodontics, HKE’s SN Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Gulbarga 585105, Karnataka, India

Department of Periodontology, Adesh Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhatinda 151109, India

Department of Prosthodontics, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Dental College and Hospital, Solapur 413255, Maharashtra, India

Department of Periodontology, Haldia Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Banbishnupur, Haldia 721645, West Bengal, India

Received 20 February 2013; Accepted 4 April 2013

Academic Editors: C. E. Poggio and D. Wray

Copyright © 2013 Arvind Moldi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Anecdotal evidence suggests that impression materials and techniques used in general dental practice for fixed partial dentures vary from those taught in dental schools. The aim of this survey was to integrate impression techniques evolved all over the years for fixed partial dentures and to know the techniques and materials which are used in the present day by the practitioners. Materials and Methods. A total of 1000 questionnaires were sent to various practitioners in India, out of which 807 questionnaires were filled. Results. The results showed that 84.8% of prosthodontists 65.56%, urban areas use elastomeric impression materials as well as irreversible hydrocolloids and 15.2% use irreversible hydrocolloid only. Amongst other practitioners, 55.46% use irreversible hydrocolloid 45%, rural and semiurban areas and 44.54% use elastomeric impression materials. Elastomeric impression technique practiced most commonly is putty reline with-without spacer 77.2%; other techniques are multiple-mix and monophase techniques. Conclusion. The ideal materials, technique, and armamentarium are required for the long-term success of the treatment for fixed partial denture. Also, if the ideal procedure is not followed, it will lead to a compromised fit of the final prosthesis and failure of the treatment.

Autor: Arvind Moldi, Vimal Gala, Shivakumar Puranik, Smita Karan, Sumit Deshpande, and Neelima Neela



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