Quintessence Int 22 (1991), No. 9 (01.09.1991)
Sensitivity of the replica method in the detection of candidal infection among denture wearers with clinically healthy oral mucosa
Spiechowicz / Renner / Pollock / Santarpia III / Ciechowicz / Kowalczyk / Niesluchowska
To ascertain the role of Candida in denture stomatitis, the practitioner must conduct a mycologic examination of the acrylic resin denture surface, because it acts as a reservoir for continuous reinfection of the palate. Twenty-two patients were examined to compare the sensitivity of the standard technique of swabbing the denture to that of a newly developed cast agar replica technique for detecting Candida albicans. The dentures were swabbed and cast replicas of the tissue-fitting surface of the dentures were made of both study populations. The majority of cultures obtained by swabbing failed to detect the presence of Candida albicans, while all cast agar replicas grew Candida albicans. The replica mthod for the detection of Candida albicans in edentulous patients seemed to be a more sensitive method than currently available mycologic methods.