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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 961 - December 2016

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Case report:  Case Study: Management of a Loose Upper Denture Opposed by a Shortened Dental Arch

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Abstract: For many years, it has been considered necessary to restore posterior support with a bilateral free-end saddle when a full upper denture is opposed by a shortened dental arch. It was thought that this would provide occlusal stability and prevent anterior bite collapse and temporomandibular dysfunction. As free-end saddle partial dentures are often poorly tolerated by patients, this case study tests whether a retentive full-upper denture occluding with a shortened dental arch offers enough to fulfil a patient’s needs.

Clinical relevance: An increasingly elderly population will present dental practitioners with more partially dentate patients requiring treatment.

Author notes: Laurie Powell, BDS, DPDS, GDP, Causeway Dental Practice, 23 Causeway, Bicester OX26 6AN, UK (lp12254@my.bristol.ac.uk).

Objective: To describe a technique used to provide a patient with a full upper denture when opposed by a shortened dental arch.