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Five steps to flabby ridge success

BDJ volume 225, pages 597599 (12 October 2018) | Download Citation



Patients presenting with flabby or displaceable tissue continue to challenge even the most competent dental practitioners. Under compression, the denture bearing area will exhibit localised mobility around the flabby tissue. Selective impression techniques have long been used in such cases, ensuring the displaceable tissue is recorded 'at rest'. Subsequently, the denture will maintain its peripheral seal during function. This article will describe five steps in maximising the success when producing a retentive and stable removable prosthesis for flabby ridges.

Key points

  • Identifies the common clinical features of flabby/displaceable tissue in edentulous patients.

  • Helps readers appreciate the importance of effective communication with the dental laboratory and what to include in the prescription.

  • Provides understanding of the importance of selective impression techniques when managing patients with flabby ridges.

  • Explains how to adopt a systematic approach during the clinical stages of denture construction in patients with flabby ridges.

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  1. General Dental Practitioner, Mint Dental Clinic, 3 St. George's Court, Garden Row, London SE1 6HD

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