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Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Microstomia Patients: A Systematic Review of Published Case Reports and Case Series

Rohit K Menon, Mohammed MA Khan, Amol R Gadbail, Shailesh Gondivkar, Manpreet S Kakkar, Zeeshan H Ahmad

Keywords : Dental implants, Microstomia, Rehabilitation, Scleroderma

Citation Information : Menon RK, Khan MM, Gadbail AR, Gondivkar S, Kakkar MS, Ahmad ZH. Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Microstomia Patients: A Systematic Review of Published Case Reports and Case Series. J Contemp Dent Pract 2019; 20 (4):508-515.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2548

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Statement of problem: Prosthetic techniques commonly employed for the rehabilitation of edentulous patients might not be adequate in the treatment of patients with microstomia. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to systematically review all the prosthetic techniques that have been used in the oral rehabilitation of patients with microstomia. Materials and methods: Data sources, including PubMed, Google Scholar, SCOPUS and Web of Science, were searched for case reports and case series published through September 2017. Three investigators reviewed and verified the extracted data. Only case reports and case series on prosthetic rehabilitation in microstomia patients published in the English language were considered eligible. Results: A total of 212 records were identified from the database search. Forty duplicate records were removed. The remaining 172 articles were assessed for eligibility, and 139 articles were removed because they did not satisfy the inclusion criteria. A total of 34 cases (including 32 case reports and 1 case series) were finally included in the qualitative analysis. The review revealed the use of a modified impression technique with flexible and sectional trays to record impressions in patients with microstomia. Modified forms of oral prostheses ranging from sectional, flexible, collapsible and hinged dentures to implant-supported prosthesis were fabricated to overcome the limited mouth opening. The success of the prosthetic technique primarily depended on the extent of the microstomia and the nature of the cause of the microstomia. Conclusion: Even though the patient acceptance of the prosthetic techniques summarized in the systematic review were high, long-term success rates for each option could not be assessed because of the short follow-up time in most of the included case reports and series.

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