Joseph J Massad

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Effective professional maintenance and personal oral hygiene are important for the long-term success and comfortable functioning of implant-assisted dental restorations. Incorporating the most effective oral hygiene devices into each patient's oral hygiene regimen facilitates optimal results. The use of a powered toothbrush with interchangeable brush heads(More)
This paper summarizes techniques for modeling geometric properties of THUNDER actuators which arise in the fabrication process. These actuators are high performance composites comprised of layers of piezoceramics in combination with aluminum, stainless steel, brass or titanium bonded with hot-melt adhesive. During the construction process, the assembly is(More)
Providing complete denture therapy to patients with atrophic residual alveolar ridges is challenging. Because these patients suffer ongoing diminution of the denture foundation, modern approaches often involve dental implant therapy as a means of improving the denture foundation and supplementing the mechanics of prosthesis support, retention, and(More)
Identifying and recording appropriate occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) and centric relation positions during the treatment of edentulous patients is necessary for predictable and successful therapy. When alterations of existing conditions are indicated, it is beneficial for both the clinician and patient to evaluate the esthetics, phonetics, function, and(More)
Accurate impressions are important elements in both the fabrication and maintenance phases of complete denture therapy. For patients possessing nonrestorable, periodontally hopeless residual dentitions, immediate denture therapy is often the treatment of choice. An impression procedure capable of accurately registering functional vestibular anatomy(More)
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Occlusal prematurities are destructive and destabilizing influences in complete dentures. Unless denture bases are adequately and evenly stabilized, it is virtually impossible to properly equilibrate the occlusion. One reason is that all artificial teeth in a denture unit are physically bound into a single denture base and literally act as a single tooth.(More)
Successful management of complete and removable partial dentures is complicated by a reduction in saliva. Dental practitioners should be aware of the signs and symptoms of xerostomia, available diagnostic procedures, likely etiologies, expected sequelae, and appropriate therapeutic regimens. Effective evaluation and appropriate treatment will promote(More)