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Contemp Clin Dent. 2012 Jul;3(3):352-5. doi: 10.4103/0976-237X.103636.

Lost salt technique for severely resorbed alveolar ridges: An innovative approach.

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Department of prosthodontics, faculty of dental sciences(upgraded KGMC), C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar pradesh, India.


The success of a complete denture relies on the principles of retention, stability and support. The prosthodontist skill lies in applying these principles efficiently in critical situations. Severely resorbed maxillary edentulous ridges that are narrow and constricted with increased inter ridge space provide decreased support, retention and stability. The consequent weight of the processed denture only compromises them further. This article describes a case report of an edentulous patient with resorbed ridges where a simplified technique of fabricating a hollow maxillary complete denture using lost salt technique was used for preservation of denture bearing areas. The hollowing of the denture reduces the weight of the denture, thereby enhancing stability and retention, reducing the further resorption of the jaws.


Hollow maxillary complete denture; inter-ridge distance; residual ridge resorption; severely resorbed ridge

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