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THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS IN TREATMENT OF COMPLETELY EDENTULOUS PATIENT
In complete edentulism treatment the most challenging objective is restoring patient’s functionality, ensuring proper conditions for chewing, but also speaking and social interacting. In particular, mastication is a central parameter perceived by the patient as one of the most important function to ensure a good quality of life. The aim of this manuscript was to highlight some important factors related to oral functioning that should be considered when planning and implementing the treatment for complete edentulism with conventional or implantbased removable prosthesis, as being regarded as having a great impact on the treatment outcome
Keywords: functional characteristics, complete edentulism, treatment, masticatory ability