The edentulous patient

The edentulous patient
Loss of all the teeth gives rise to local problems associated with mastication, appearance and phonation; general problems also occur, such as nutritional disorders and social problems. For this reason, the edentulous individual must be treated as an ill subject. The absence of an occlusal plane usually has consequences for the temporomandibular joint due to the inability of the mandible to achieve a stable position with respect to the maxilla. The principal factor responsible for the loss of teeth is periodontal disease (26)(27)(28).

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