The outcome of prosthesis is based on its
retention, stability and support. Magnets have been used
for past several years in dentistry with numerous
applications mainly to assist retention with some success
and have created an immense interest in dentistry. Their
small size and strong attractive or repulsive properties
have gained recognition for magnets in dentistry, as these
characteristics allow them to be incorporated in the
prosthesis without being detrimental in the mouth.
Retentive characteristics of magnets have led to their use
in various devices like removable partial dentures,
obturators, and also the maxillofacial prosthesis. This
article reviews the classification of magnet, design of
magnetic attachment, their application, and new
magnetic attachment system, followed by the advantage
and disadvantage of magnets.
Keywords : Magnets, Magnetic Field, Complete denture, Overdenture, Implants.