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Flabby Ridge
In dentistry jargon, a flabby ridge is a fibrous alveolar ridge or fibrous ramus mandubulae that develops when the alveolar ridge regresses quickly after the loss of a tooth. After the loss of a tooth either naturally or accidentally or surgically, the alveolar ridge regresses because of the lack of pressure at the point of tooth loss. The alveolar ridge first regresses in width and then starts shrinking in height as well. This is called alveolar ridge atrophy. The time taken for alveolar ridge atrophy to set in varies from one person to another. The extent to which the bone regresses after the loss of a tooth also varies depending on various external conditions. This period can vary from anything between a few months to a few years as well. An ill-fitting denture base or a rough extraction of a tooth can cause extensive injury to the tissue and cause the alveolar ridge to regress too fast. Sometimes, the alveolar ridge can regress too fast without any apparent reason as well. This fast regression of the alveolar ridge results in the development of connective tissue. Thus, forming, what is commonly called a flabby ridge. It is to be noted that a flabby ridge is completely different from a prosthesis related irritation fibroma, which develops because of an ill-fitting denture base. Please watch the video to know more about a flabby ridge.
Produced: 04/2011