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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 207-211

Two-piece obturator using “lock-and-key” mechanism

1 Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Department of Restorative Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry Service Lead, King's College, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals', NHSFT, London

Correspondence Address:
Prema Sukumaran
Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 50603
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.203194

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This paper describes a method used for the fabrication of a two-piece denture obturator for a patient who had surgical removal of the premaxilla due to squamous cell carcinoma. The patient had been wearing a two-piece obturator but encountered difficulty in inserting the prosthesis. In this case report, a lock-and-key mechanism was used to easily assemble the two-piece prosthesis intraorally. A keyhole was designed on the obturator to act as the lock while the denture was used as the key that fitted into the keyhole. This mechanism facilitated insertion and provided retention for the prosthesis. Heat-cured resilient acrylic material (Molloplast B®), which was used to fabricate the obturator, was a nonirritant, nontoxic, tissue-compatible material. It also did not contain plasticizers, therefore eliminating the problems associated with leaching out of plasticizers. The use of this flexible and resilient material allowed the obturator to engage in the undercuts without causing trauma and irritation to the soft tissues in the region of the defect. To conclude, the “lock-and-key” mechanism used in the fabrication of the two-piece denture obturator provided the patient with a lightweight, comfortable, and user-friendly form of prostheses.

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