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What Are Magnetic Dentures?


An overdenture is a partial or complete denture that are supported by one or more remaining natural teeth or implants; these supporting teeth or implants are called “abutments”. The overdenture may be attached to the abutments by 2 means: mechanical (ball and bar attachments) and magnetic attachment. Overdentures with magnetic attachments are called “Magnetic dentures“. Magnets have become very popular as retainers since the 1950’s. According to The Times, in 1957, a Cornell University Medical College professor developed a denture that was held in place by embedding powerful magnets in the patients jaw bone. The magnets were made from aluminum–nickle–cobalt (AlNiCo) alloys. However, this means of achieving retention had limited success, as they were associated with a few problems:

An overdenture

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