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Revista de Odontologia da Universidade de São Paulo

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MUZILLI, Carlos Alberto  and  MUENCH, Antonio. Retention drop and opening of I-bar partial denture clasps, and their correlation. Rev Odontol Univ São Paulo [online]. 1999, vol.13, n.2, pp.197-201. ISSN 0103-0663.

The purpose of this research was to determine the retention drop of I-bar clasps, their possible opening during mechanical cycling and their correlation. Two Co-Cr alloys were used and the design of clasps were: short-thin; short-thick; long-thin; long-thick. Clasps were also partially covered or not with resin. Measurements were made at the initial stage and after 20 thousand cycles. The results led to the following conclusions: the alloys presented similar retention drop; opening of the several types of clasps were similar, but retention drop was minor on long-thin clasp and major on short-thick ones; resin did not influence the opening of clasps but increased retention drop; correlation between retention drop and opening of clasps was not significant.

Keywords : Dental clasps; Partial removable denture.

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