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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-79

Magnets in dentistry


Department of Prosthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Vidya S Bhat
Department of Prosthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.113587

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Magnets have generated great interest within dentistry. They have been used for various applications in orthodontics and prosthodontics. Earlier use of magnets was limited due to the unavailability of small size magnets, but after the introduction of rare earth magnets and their availability in smaller sizes, their use has increased considerably. They can be placed within prostheses without being obtrusive in the mouth. Their main use in orthodontics has been for tooth movement and in prosthodontics has been in maxillofacial prosthesis and in overdentures as retentive aids. This article reviews the types of magnets available and their application in maxillofacial prosthesis and overdentures, followed by other advantages and disadvantages.


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