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The reduction or elimination of pressure from a specific area underneath or on the periphery of a denture base. A relief area is an area on a plaster model defined to relieve pressure on the tissues underneath a denture base; a space is created using a tin foil spacer adapted to the model surface and removed after processing. A relief chamber is a recess cut into the base of a denture to reduce or eliminate potential pressure on a specific area; it may be used on the palatal surface of a complete denture with the intention of improving retention by creating negative pressure.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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