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Denture Problems
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Pressure point is kind of a denture problem that is developed due to a poorly fitting denture. In case of a denture pressure point, certain points in the denture are not in proper contact with the underlying jaw bone and give rise to points in which pressure is exerted on the jaw due to improper fitting. For instance, a tooth removal procedure followed by a denture fixation is often accompanied by a denture wound. This is because the alveolar ridge goes through remodelling following tooth extraction and denture fixation. Hence, a membrane wound may be caused due to denture irritation and is extremely painful for the patient. Denture pressure problems are reviewed by dentists to identify if they are static or dynamic in nature. In case of a static pressure point, there is only one point in which the denture is not well fitted and this can normally be corrected by levelling the base of the denture. On the other hand, in case of a dynamic pressure point, if one pressure point is detected and corrected, another develops due to the overall lack of proper fitting of the denture. The solution lies only in replacing the denture or relining with soft plastic. The soft plastic moulds quickly, but is bad for the oral mucosa and must be replaced with hard denture material. Caution needs to be applied since tumours in the oral mucosa may appear much like pressure points due to denture irritation and rubbing of the denture against the oral mucosa. A biopsy procedure is performed to examine and rule out such possibilities. Watch this video to understand how pressure points are created and how they are corrected by the dentist.
Produced: 01/2011
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