Consequences of Full Dental
Clearances
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The loss of many teeth or all of them, leads to the following:

Ridge resorption

  • prominent mylohyoid ridge
  • prominent genial tubercles
  • exposure of Mental Nerve

Reduction in Height of the Lower Facial Third

Pseudo-prognathism

Exacerbation of the naso-labial folds


'Knife' ridges

Atrophic mandible

Need to re-contour dento-alveoli
(alveoplasty)

Reduced Function – speech, eating, cosmeses

"Flabby Ridge" (pre-maxilla)

Bony irregularities & prominences

Loss of masticatory function & appearance during healing
stage

Undesirable mental & physical effects on patient that the
absence of teeth creates

Tongue and cheeks may invade the future “denture space
making later adaptation to subsequent dentures more
difficult

Difficulty in assessing vertical & horizontal jaw relations
when construction new dentures

Difficulty in restoring appearance if all information on the
natural dentition has been lost

Multiple adjustments to immediate dentures as the jaw
bones /
dento-alveoli re-model



Useful Articles:

Dental Update 2009. Consequences of Tooth Loss 1. The
Patient Perspective − Aesthetic and Functional Implications

Dental Update 2010. Consequences of Tooth Loss 2.
Dentist Considerations – Restorative Problems and
Implications

Dental Update 2010. Gerodontology - Now and the Future

Dental Update 2010. Gerodontology in Context
Last Updated 10th November 2010