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CLINICAL REPORT
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-95

Management of an edentulous patient having xerostomia with artificial saliva reservoir denture


Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Loni, India

Correspondence Address:
Murtuza A Burhanpurwala
Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rahata, Ahmednagar, Loni - 413 736
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.55252

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Xerostomia is a clinical condition caused by a decrease in the production of saliva. It may present itself as a local symptom, as part of a systemic disease, as side effects of medications or following therapeutic radiation to the head and neck regions. Xerostomia can lead to difficulties during management in patients receiving prosthodontic treatment. The comfort and retention of removable dentures depends largely on the physical properties and the lubricating ability of the saliva and dry mucosa. To help overcome this problem, various techniques have been proposed for incorporating reservoirs that contain salivary substitutes into dentures. These techniques have had varying degrees of success. This paper presents the management of a patient suffering from xerostomia who was successfully treated by providing reservoir denture made by dual flasking method. This technique resulted in a reservoir denture that provided good lubrication for the tissues, was hygienic, and was made from routine denture base material.


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