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Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 315-319

A Denture for Wind Instrumentalist- A Case Report

Dr. K. Sounderraj1, Dr. Prema2, Dr. Nagaranjani Prakash3, Dr. Misha Singh4, Dr. Preeti Nanda Mishra5

1Professor and Head, 2Associate Professor, 3Assistant Professor, 4Post Graduate student
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka

Corresponding Author: Dr. Misha Singh


Musicians who wear dentures often dislodge their dentures during playing of wind instrument. The problems arise for a dentist who is treating a wind instrumentalist are mainly due to the exacting functional demands on the oral and perioral structures especially the muscles of facial expression during blowing. A mutual understanding between the dentist and the musician is necessary to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment planning of specific orofacial problems. Embouchure denture is a denture which is meant for professional use and specially fabricated to meet the functional demands of oral musculature without dislodging the denture during blowing of wind instruments. In both maxillary and mandibular occlusal rims, in the posterior teeth region, a system of inclined planes is given as a retentive feature. The slopes of these inclined planes are further adjusted according to patient’s need during wax trials. Purpose of this case report is to create awareness among dental practitioners, about their role in rehabilitating a completely edentulous wind instrumentalist and to describe the technique to fabricate a specially designed prosthesis for wind instrument players - “The Embouchure denture”.

Key words: embouchure denture, inclined plane, orofacial problems, wind instrumentalist.

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