These Crazy Little Things – the MultiSafe Latch Attachment

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The secondary construction: lingual view - MultiSafe Latch Attachment with metal frame

fig 7: The secondary construction: lingual view

The fixed primary unit is attached externally to the crowns or bridge.
I have used the multiSafe key-slides of the Degudent company here as an example of key-slides. They can be obtained from various sources. The multiSafe is an extra-coronal fixing-, supporting- and connecting element.

The multiSafe is used ideally for monoreductors, partial prostheses and supra-constructions of implants.


 MultiSafe MultiSafe Latch Attachment seen from below: RSS solution

fig 8: MultiSafe seen from below: telescope solution

Inserted monoreductor in upper jaw: RSS variant

fig 9: Complete Monoreductor in upper jaw: RSS variant

View of a UJ right side:  Three blocked RSS crowns

fig 10: View of a UJ right side: Three blocked RSS crowns

A monoreductor is primarily used to replace a maximum of two missing teeth in order to avoid an overstressing of the abutment teeth and the slide by pressure and torsion during chewing.


Milled intracoronal horseshoe-shaped elements showing a clearly visible [spur] with the RSS solution

fig. 11: Milled intracoronal horseshoe-shaped elements 

For comparison, the construction as a telescope variant

fig. 12: For comparison, the construction as a telescope variant

  • The base should be made with as large an area as possible to facilitate a good distribution of pressure and
    torsion and also to avoid detrimental forces impinging on the abutment teeth and the slide-element
  • The forces on the saddle and denture base should be evenly applied, preferably vertically. The saddle should only
    be pressed briefly onto the gingival tissue through chewing to find its support.
  • One should take advantage of all anatomical aspects in order to prevent a gradual compression of the saddle.
  • One must ensure a 100% secure bolting of the monoreductor in situ. Otherwise the small size could present an aspiration hazard!
  • Regular checks of the denture base and the abutment teeth as well as the lining are very important.
    This way, the saddle does not lie hollow and possible damage is avoided.


Construction options

The fixtures to the teeth can be either attachments, telescopic crowns, or with appropriate enlargement clasps. The monoreductor is, with correct construction, a good and long-lived functional dental replacement when relined at regular intervals. This avoids the already mentioned excessive leverage on the remaining dentition. A solution of short posterior saddles using a precision mechanical element can be achieved in two ways:

Variant 1: Multisafe RSS solution

Treatment of the terminally present teeth with blocked metal-ceramic faced crowns (primary blocking) in which a horseshoe shaped groove is created in each crown permits the coupling to the removable part. Note: With difficult space constraints the bridge element can be attached as a ‘Pontic’; the leverage on the bridge abutment is not altered; the aesthetic and constructive advantages are a benefit for the whole denture.

Telescope Variant Coposite shaded- RSS Variant with ceramic crowns

fig. 13: Left: Telescope Variant Composite shaded – Right RSS Variant with ceramic crowns

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