Denture Problems


Ulcerated mucosa from denture irritation is caused by:

  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Poor hygiene
  • Dentures left in too long


Angular Cheilitis

Angular cheilitis is common when old dentures have insufficient vertical height leading to skin creasing at the corners of the mouth. Clinicians should:

  • Assess dentures and the need for them to be remade or relined.
  • Treat with topical antifungals for two weeks.
  • Perform a biopsy if lesions do not heal.

Maxillary Ridge Ulceration

Robert Henry, DMD, MPH
Robert Henry, DMD, MPH

Angular Cheilitis

Ricardo Padilla, DDS
Ricardo Padilla, DDS


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American Academy of Oral Medicine Clinician's Guide to Oral Health in Geriatric Patients. Third Edition, 2010: Editor: Joel M Laudenbach, DMD.