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Article: Volume 48 Number 10 Page 851 - November 2021

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Prosthetics:  Mouth preparation for complete dentures

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Abstract: The success of complete dentures is highly dependent on the anatomy of the oral cavity. Several conditions can affect the final denture fit. Disorders of the soft tissues, such as denture hyperplasia, denture stomatitis and mucosal pathology may play a role. There are also difficulties related to the shape of the bone, including excessively large undercuts/bony exostoses, tori, enlarged tuberosities and flabby ridges and other factors, such as xerostomia to be considered. The aim of this article is to help diagnose these conditions and to suggest ways of overcoming the individual problems with which patients present before starting denture construction.

Clinical relevance: The diagnosis of several oral conditions and their appropriate management may help achieve an optimal outcome when constructing complete dentures.

Author notes: Wouter Leyssen, BDS, MJDF, MSc, Specialty Dentist, Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital. Noha Abdelaziz, BDS, MFDSRCSEng, MSc, Specialty Dentist, Oral Medicine, Birmingham Dental Hospital. AD Walmsley, PhD, MSc, BDS, FDSRCPS, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry. email:

Objective: The reader should be able to diagnose several oral conditions that could have an impact on the fit of newly constructed complete dentures.