Involvement of the dental surgeon and other members of the dental team is essential to the management of these problems.
Problems with dentures are common in patients with advanced disease. The underlying cause is usually poor fitting, which leads to difficulty in eating or speaking and possibly oral ulceration. The management of denture problems depends on the physical condition of the patient: fit patients can have their dentures replaced with a copying technique, while less fit patients can have their dentures adjusted or relined. The latter technique can be undertaken at home.
Dental problems are less common because of the high levels of denture wearing within the normal population. Many dental techniques can also be undertaken in the home.
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