Managing the Edentulous Dry Mouth: Reservoir Complete Denture
Reduced salivary flow may give rise to extreme problems in the oral cavity. The patient complains of dryness due to the reduced salivary flow function. The successful treatment of dry mouth (xerostomia), which involves finding any correctable cause and removing it if possible, is difficult to achieve and often unsatisfactory. However, in many cases, it is not possible to correct the xerostomia itself when the symptom is caused by hyposalivation due to an underlying chronic disease. The management of salivary gland dysfunction may involve the use of saliva substitutes and/or saliva stimulants. For complete denture patients with dry mouth, soft lining materials could be used to decrease friction on the mucosa, or reservoir complete dentures could be fabricated. This chapter addresses the etiology and symptoms of dry mouth and management of the edentulous dry mouth with reservoir complete dentures.