BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-008420

Reactive dentures: a novel approach to decrease residual ridge resorption

  1. Rachappa Mallikarjuna4
  1. 1Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Department of Prosthodontics, Sri Hasanamba Dental College, Hassan, Karnataka, India
  3. 3Department of Conservative and Endodontics, KM Shah Dental College & Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
  4. 4Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachappa Mallikarjuna, mmrachappa{at}


The need for reduction of traumatic forces transmitted through the prosthesis has long been recognised and studies have shown that either a soft acrylic resin/silicone rubber can serve as a stress distributor and absorb some of the forces applied to the teeth. These dentures permit reaction to impacting forces which allows independent movement of one or more teeth in function unlike the conventional dentures. A completely edentulous patient with adequate inter-ridge distance was selected for the case, the dentures with soft liner placed between the patient's teeth and denture base were fabricated. This report presents a completely new technique to reduce the ridge resorption and facilitate patient comfort.

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