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Skeletal consequences of edentulism

Key points

  • Following a full arch maxillary extraction, the crest resorbs superiorly and medially
  • In contrast, the mandible's crest of the mandible resorbs inferiorly and laterally
  • The resulting maxillo-mandibular jaw relationship may lead to compromised facial appearance, occlusal instability, and reduced function of prostheses

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