Anatomy of Mandibular Denture Bearing Area Rola M. Shadid, BDS, MSc Anatomy of Supporting Structures Crest of residual ridge The mucous membrane covering the crest of residual ridge is similar to that
of maxillary ridge, underlying bone is cancellous in nature, so considered as secondary stress-bearing area Buccal Shelf Area The mucous membrane covering the buccal shelf area is loosely attached, less keratinized & contains
thick submucosal layer. Considered as a primary stress-bearing area because it is covered by a layer of cortical bone, & it lies at right angles to vertical occlusal forces Buccal Shelf Area
Anatomical Features That Influence Shape of Supporting Structure
Mylohyoid ridge Lingual tuberosity Mental foramen Genial tubercles Torus mandibularis Mylohyoid Ridge The mylohyoid line is an irregular rough bony crest
extending from 3rd molar to lower border of mandible in region of chin. The lingual flange of mandibular denture should extend inferior but not lateral to mylohyoid line.
LINGUAL TUBEROSITY The lingual tuberosity is an irregular area of bony prominance at the distal termination of the
mylohyoid line. Mental Foramen Located on lateral surface of mandible most commonly betw. 1st & 2nd bicuspid If the loss of residual ridge is extensive, foramen occupies superior position
and denture base should be relieved over the area to avoid numbness or paresthesia of lower lip. Genial Tubercles The genial tubercles or mental spines
are situated on the lingual aspect of the mandibular body in the midline. Genial Tubercles
Genial Tubercles Incorrect Correct Torus Mandibularis Anatomy of Limiting Structures
C : mandibular buccal notch D: buccal flange E: area influenced by masseter F: Retromolar pad area G: lingual notch H: premylohyoid eminence I: retromylohyoid fossa
Labial Vestibule Runs from labial f. to buccal f. The labial f. helps attach the orbicularis oris muscle . The mentalis attaches close to the crest of the
ridge . Mandibular dentures will always be narrowest in the anterior labial region Buccal Vestibule Extends from the buccal f. to the outside back corner
of the retromolar pad The buccal flange swings wide into the cheek & is nearly at right angles to the biting forces (widest in this region) Its extent is influenced by the
buccinator muscle Buccal Vestibule The denture should cover completely the buccal shelf & the fibers of buccinator
attached to it. Buccal Vestibule Buccal Vestibule The distobuccal border must converge rapidly to avoid displacement by the
contracting masseter muscle (7) The tension of masseter muscle will make a concavity in the distobuccal outline of the impression Buccal Vestibule
The external oblique ridge does not govern the extension of the buccal flange The denture border can be extended 1-2 mm beyond this ridge In the impression, the external oblique ridge
shows a groove Buccal Vestibule Distal Extension Limited by ramus of the mandible, by buccinator, by superior constrictor, & by
sharpness of lateral bony boundaries of retromolar fossa * The denture base should extend one half to two thirds over the retromolar pad (not more because.)
Distal Extension-Retromolar Pad Retromolar pad - Terminal border of the denture base - Compressible soft tissue Comfort Peripheral seal
- Must be captured in impression Lingual Border Mylohyoid muscle has an indirect effect on anterior lingual border up
to second premolar & direct effect on posterior lingual border in molar region . Lingual Border 1. 2.
3. Sublingual Gland Region Molar Region of Lingual Flange Retromylohyoid Region
Sublingual Gland Region In the premolar region, when the floor of the mouth is raised , the gland comes close to the crest of the ridge & reduces the vertical space available for
the extension of the flange in this region. Sublingual Gland Region The mylohyoid muscle lies deep to the sublingual gland & other structures so does not affect the border of
the denture in this region except indirectly Lingual frenum: should be registered in function because it often comes quite close to the crest of ridge Sublingual Gland Region
Molar Region of Lingual Flange The flange must be made parallel to mylohyoid muscle when it is contracted The lingual flange goes beyond the mylohyoid muscles attachment to the mandible to reach the mucolingual fold; so lingual flange in molar region
moves away from the body of the mandible & slopes toward the tongue . Molar Region of Lingual Flange An extension of lingual flange well beyond palpable position of mylohyoid ridge but not into undercut & its sloping toward the tongue has many advantages: good border seal
no direct pressure on ridge provides space for the floor of mouth to be raised without displacing lower denture guides tongue to rest on top of flange Retromylohyoid Fossa Posterior to mylohyoid muscle. The muscle has no effect here so the
flange can move back toward the body of the mandible. Bounded by retromylohyoid curtain. The denture should extend posteriorly to contact the curtain when the tongue is protruded. Retromylohyoid curtain (RMC) The posterolateral
portion of RMC overlies the superior constrictor (SC) The posteromedial portion covers palatoglossus and lateral surface of tongue The inferior wall overlies the submandibular gland
RM: ramus; B: buccinator; PR: pterygomandibular raphe; MP:medial pterygoid; M:masseter Alveololingual Sulcus Space between the residual ridge & tongue . Extends from lingual frenum to retromylohyoid curtain . 3 regions (anterior, middle & posterior)
The anterior region extends from the lingual f. back to where mylohyoid muscle curves above the level of the sulcus (premylohyoid fossa) . Alveololingual Sulcus The middle region extends from premylohyoid fossa to the distal end of the mylohyoid ridge, curving medially from the body of the mandible. This curvature is
caused by the prominance of mylohyoid ridge & the action of mylohyoid muscle. The posterior region: here the flange passes into the retromylohyoid fossa & completes the typical S form of the correctly shaped lingual flange. An S shaped lingual flange commonly results in posterior
lingual area References Boucher's Prosthodontics Treatment for Edentulous Patients. Twelfth Edition. Chapter s 13 & 14.
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