Complete Denture is a dental prosthesis that replaces all of the natural dentition and associated structures of the maxilla or mandible. It is entirely supported by tissues – mucous membrane, connective tissues and underlying bone.
Complete Denture Prosthodontics involves the replacement of the lost natural dentition and associated structures of the maxilla and mandible for patients who have lost all their remaining natural teeth or roots to provide more favorable support and stability for the resultant denture, with the preservation of alveolar bone being perhaps a far more important concurrent end result.
Success in Complete Denture Treatment does not evolve solely from a patient’s willingness, but also from the physical and psychological ability to adapt to the new dental prosthesis.
Four Essentials for the Efficient Functioning of Complete Dentures
Adequate Muscle balance
Adequate Occlusal balance
Primary retention of complete denture through adhesion and cohesion is described as:
retentive force = 2 x surface tension x surface area / fluid film thickness
The thinner the saliva between the denture base and mucosa, the more retentive will be the complete denture. To achieve this, the denture base should be accurately adapted to the mucosa. The surface area of the denture covering the mucosa has a double positive effect on the retention.
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- This page was created on October 9 2011