Oral lesions associated with removable prosthesis among elderly patient's

Nélio Veiga, Ana Herdade, Liliany Diniz, Beatriz Brites, Sílvia Pinto, Ana Santos, Cláudia Antunes, Débora Monteiro, Gabriela Rebelo, Nádia Silva, Carina Coelho, André Correia

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Dental prosthesis has the main goal of oral rehabilitation of edentulous areas present in the oral cavity. Removable dentures purpose is mainly the oral rehabilitation of edentulous areas. Some secondary purposes for the dental prosthesis include elimination of disease, restoration of the remaining teeth and preservation of the surrounding oral tissues. Due to life expectancy rose, removable dentures wear is frequent nowadays. However, their functional and qualitative limitations can lead to oral lesions. The aim of this study is to present several oral lesions caused by dentures wear and their clinical characteristics among elderly patients. It is based on a literature review, intending to emphasize the importance of proper control and denture adaptation to oral environment. A good manufacturing and hygiene of a denture is of great relevance in order not to compromise the oral mucosa. Removable dentures won’t replace a patient’s normal dentition. Their repeated use can cause denture lesions, leading to mastication inefficiency and patient’s decreasing nutritional capacity. These lesions are more common when there is a poor oral hygiene. Thus, the health professional´s instructions are of great importance as well as removable dentures and patient’s oral health monitoring and periodic assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2016


  • Prosthetic lesions
  • Oral rehabilitation
  • Oral lesions
  • Removable dentures
  • Elderly


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