Anatomical Landmarks and Age-Related Changes in Edentulous Patients

  • Yasemin K. ÖzkanEmail author
  • Buket Evren
  • Alisa Kauffman


When fabricating a new denture, your success will depend on making the correct diagnosis and the correct treatment plan. Gathering necessary information by careful examination of the patient, determining the requests by asking questions, examining the negative or positive sides of their current prosthesis and observing the psychological status of the patient are the most important aspects for making the correct diagnosis. The oral changes that are generally associated with ageing include increase in tooth loss, decrease in salivary flow and atrophy of the oral mucosa and the muscles. These functional changes cause differences in eating habits and chewing functions leading to pathological and psychological changes. Therefore, the approach of dentist to the patient should be supportive and reassuring. The harmony of the denture with the anatomical structures and the health of the soft tissues inform us in advance about the prognosis of the treatment. In addition, detailed knowledge of the anatomical structures will help to provide stability, retention, aesthetics and comfort. This chapter gives information about the anatomical landmarks and age-related changes in edentulous patients.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasemin K. Özkan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Buket Evren
    • 1
  • Alisa Kauffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Dentistry, Department of ProsthodontiscsMarmara UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Penn Dental Family PracticesPhiladelphiaUSA

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