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Maxillary reservoir denture to overcome radiation-induced xerostomia – Light at the end of the tunnel

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Radiotherapy, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Sudhanshu Srivastava,
Department of Prosthodontics, Saraswati Dental College, 14/98, Indira Nagar, Lucknow - 226 016, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_851_18

Xerostomia is a subjective symptom of dry mouth. It can occur as a part of the systemic disease, drug-induced side effect, or following therapeutic radiation therapy to the head-and-neck region. The primary complication faced by these xerostomic patients is the difficulty in retention of removable dentures. It is important to recognize that the prosthodontic management of these patients requires special attention and care. In an attempt to overcome the presence of xerostomia, several techniques of introducing reservoirs into the dentures containing salivary substitutes have been proposed. This case report presents a simplified approach for the construction of a reservoir in the maxillary denture, specifically in patients where other treatment modalities have failed. This technique provided excellent lubrication to oral tissues, hygienic for the patient, and utilized routine denture base material.

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