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Treatment guidelines

Mucosally supported removable - complete denture

Key points

  • In comparison to natural teeth, edentulous alveolar ridges offer compromised qualitative and quantitative support, that is vulnerable to residual ridge reduction (RRR)
  • Denture-bearing mucosa, submucosa and underlying alveolar bone support are limited in their time dependant adaptive ability and tolerance to denture movements
  • Denture looseness can lead to functional compromises (speech, chewing) and diverse clinical responses, such as denture stomatitis, Candida infection, irritation hyperplasia, ‘flabby’ ridges etc.
  • For patients who do not enjoy an acceptable quality of life with complete dentures, oral implant therapy should be seriously considered

Clinical topics

Biomechanics and occlusion

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