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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124-128

Nonsurgical approach for torus palatinus management in full denture rehabilitation

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Trisakti University, West Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Dentia Dental Private Practice, West Jakarta, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Niko Falatehan
Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Trisakti University, West Jakarta
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/SDJ.SDJ_21_20

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Background: Tooth loss in individuals more commonly occurs with increasing age. In a dental practice, many patients present with torus palatinus, which is usually caused by problems and complications resulting from denture fabrication. Therefore, a nonsurgical approach in which horseshoe-shaped complete dentures are fabricated is considered to be a viable option to address torus palatinus. Case Report: A 59-year-old edentulous male came to the Prosthodontic Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Trisakti University, with a chief complaint of the instability of his maxillary complete dentures, and he requested new dentures. The patient had been wearing the dentures for approximately 5 years. Based on the intraoral examination, the patient had a large, single lobule torus palatinus that extended posteriorly through the junction between the hard palate and the soft palate (AH line). It was covered with thin mucosal tissue, and it did not interfere with his speech, his ability to chew, or other oral functions without the dentures. After the problems were thoroughly diagnosed and corrected, horseshoe-shaped complete dentures were chosen as the appropriate solution, and the dentures were fabricated. Conclusion: Torus palatinus tends to have very thin mucosa that causes discomfort and irritation during routine usage of acrylic dentures. Therefore, the horseshoe-shaped dentures facilitated good retention and stability, and they did not irritate the torus palatinus.

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