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A Comparative Study of Impression Procedures for Distal Extension Removable Partial Dentures

Sathish Abraham, Anand U Madihalli, Naveen S Yadav, P Manoranjan Reddy, G Baiju

Citation Information : Abraham S, Madihalli AU, Yadav NS, Reddy PM, Baiju G. A Comparative Study of Impression Procedures for Distal Extension Removable Partial Dentures. J Contemp Dent Pract 2011; 12 (5):333-338.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1055

Published Online: 01-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).



This study was carried out with the purpose of comparing three impression methods as to which of them placed tissues most favorably.


The methods used were Hindels method, selective tissue placement method and functional reline method. The measurements obtained were analyzed to determine which of the three impression methods placed the mucosal tissues maximally. To compare and measure tissue placements, autopolymerizing acrylic resin platforms were constructed to the height of the occlusal surfaces of the remaining teeth. 15 orthodontic buccal tubes were placed on each side of the platform. They were arranged in three sets of five and attached to the platform over selected reference regions by means of autopolymerizing resin. The selected reference areas were in anterior, middle and posterior areas of the ridge on either side.


No significant difference was seen in tissue placement in the anterior middle and posterior regions in each of the three methods when each method was assessed separately. Selective tissue placement method placed the tissues maximally (7.547 mm) followed by Hindels method (7.2110 mm) and the least placement was by functional reline method (5.856 mm). Tissue placement was significantly higher in Hindels method as compared to functional reline method (p < 0.001).


Tissue placement was maximum in the posterior region, followed by the middle region and least in the anterior region of the mandibular ridge for all three methods. Selective tissue placement method showed the maximum overall tissue placement followed by the Hindels method and minimum placement was by functional reline method.

Clinical significance

Selective tissue placement method provided maximum overall tissue placement and can be a preferred technique for impression making for bilateral distal extension removable partial denture fabrication.

How to cite this article

Madihalli AU, Tavane PN, Yadav NS, Abraham S, Reddy PM, Baiju G. A Comparative Study of Impression Procedures for Distal Extension Removable Partial Dentures. J Contemp Dent Pract 2011;12(5):333-338.

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