Application of masticatory control in dental treatment for elderly individuals

Ta Chung Chen, Dong Hui Cheng, Ming Lun Hsu*, Yen Ping Lei

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Taiwan transitioned to an aged society in 2018. Appropriate dental treatment is important for elderly individuals. Previously, reconstruction of the dentition was thought to help regain chewing function. However, concerns of the elderly population, such as decline in learning ability and saliva secretion, complicate dental reconstruction. Overlooking the special needs of elderly individuals may lead to impaired chewing function, resulting in nutritional imbalances and increased burden on the digestive tract, causing more health disorders. For the elderly population, treatment must be aimed at restoring as much chewing function as possible with minimal changes. Additionally, regular oral hygiene care, proper design of fixed partial dentures, and implant placement greatly reduce the difficulty in adapting to a new prosthesis. These measures allow us to provide better quality of life for elderly individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chinese Medical Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Aged
  • Dental care
  • Dental prosthesis design
  • Mastication


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