MASTICATORY EFFICIENCY BETWEEN BALANCED AND LINGUALIZED

MASTICATORY EFFICIENCY BETWEEN BALANCED AND LINGUALIZED

The objective of the study was to compare the masticatory efficiency with balanced occlusion and
lingualized occlusion in complete denture wearers. The study was conducted in the Department of
Prosthodontics, Lahore Medical & Dental College, Lahore. Sixty edentulous patients were included
in this study; patients were randomly divided into two groups by using Statistical Package for Social
Sciences (SPSS version 10) software. Group A was provided with dentures fabricated with bilateral
balanced occlusion and Group B with lingualized occlusion. The patient’s masticatory efficiency was
assessed after 2 months of denture insertion using the sieving method. Masticatory efficiency was
statistically better in patients provided with complete dentures fabricated with lingualized occlusion
than dentures with bilateral balanced occlusion. It was concluded patients provided with dentures
fabricated with lingualized occlusal scheme were more comfortable with their dentures and were able
to chew properly with ease and comfort.