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Residual ridge reduction and flabby ridges


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  • 1. Dr Hina Zafar Raja
  • 2. Residual ridge reduction The reduction of residual ridges is chronic, progressive, irreversible, and cumulative. On average, RRR is greater in mandible than maxilla. Ratio may be 4:1.
  • 3. Pattern of bone formation inextraction socket Day 1 Day 7 Day 30 Day 60
  • 4. Direction of resorption
  • 5. Ridge classificationAtwoodtra’s classification Pre extraction Post ext High well rounded Knife edge Low well rounded Depressed
  • 6. Loss in external width andheight of the bone volume•Decreased bone width.•Superior genial tubercles(which are 2 cm below thecrest of bone in dentatestate), eventually occupy thesuperior aspect of the anteriormandibular ridge.•Muscle attachment levelsgradually shift occlusally.In extreme cases muscles mayattach on or very close to thecrest of the ridge.
  • 7. Factors effecting residual ridgereduction Anatomic Biologic/metabolic Mechanical
  • 8. Anatomic factors RRR Anatomic factors Quality and quantity of residual bony ridge. Period of edentulism Age Sex
  • 9. Metabolic FactorsRRR Bone Resorptive Factors Bone Formation Factors
  • 10. Bone Resorptive Factors Localized biochemical factors, involved in periodontal disease  Dental plaque endotoxin  Osteoclasts activating factor  Prostaglandins  Human gingival bone resorption stimulating factor  Heparin within mast cells Trauma under an ill-fitting denture  Reduces vascularity and oxygen tension.
  • 11. Hormonal and nutritional factorsParathyroid hormone Parathyroid hormone maintains Ca balance in kidneys, intestine and lactating mammary glands. Increased PTH mobilizes excess Ca from bones. Phosphorus also moves from bone to plasma but it is excreted in urine
  • 12. Growth hormone It prevents resorption indirectly. It increases the skeletal mass by increasing the osteoblastic activity.Thyroclacitonin It attracts Ca to bone, thus reducing serum Ca levels. It also inhibits resorption by reducing the number of osteoclasts.
  • 13. Vitamin D Vitamin D regulates bone resorption of dietary calcium from intestine.Vitamin B complex and vitamin C These are essential to maintain the integrity of periodontium. They play an important role in wound healing and resistance to infections.
  • 14. Pathological factorsPeriodontitis Previously involved bone may be prone to increased resorption under prosthesis.Diabetes mellitus Poorly controlled diabetes, whether insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) can be associated with a greater prevalence of severe periodontitis.
  • 15. Acromegaly Lengthening of the mandibular ramus, continuous alveolar bone apposition and increased vertical dimension of occlusion are considerable features affecting the design of prosthesis.Osteoporosis It primarily occurs among elderly. It may occur due to decreased estrogen levels, lack of calcium intake and or failure in calcium absorption and transportation.
  • 16. Fibrous dysplasia It is a combination of bone resorption, fibrosis of marrow structure and disarrangement of bony architecture. It can be of variable types.Paget’s Disease (Bone maintenance disorder) Simultaneous increase of pronounced resorptive process and accelerated bone deposition. This alternate activity results in a typical mosaic pattern of the affected bone, known as “cotton wool appearance”.
  • 17. Mechanical Factors Amount Frequency Direction Duration of forces Biting forces Parafunctional forces Dampening effect by the mucoperiosteum RRR force factor dampening effect
  • 18. Other factors Postoperative scar tissue. Surgical trauma Overly retentive denture
  • 19.  RRR Anatomic factors + Bone Resorption Factors + Bone formation factors Force factor_____ + 1______ Dampening effect Time
  • 20. Flabby ridge
  • 21. Combination syndrome
  • 22. Combination syndrome
  • 23. Management Tissue rest Option 1  Mucocompressive impression technique Option 1  Mucostatic impression of flabby area  Mucocompressive impression of remaining palatal area