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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 714963, 4 pages
Case Report

Conventional Complete Denture in Patients with Ectodermal Dysplasia

1Department of Oral Health, Federal University of Goiás, Primeira Avenida, s/n, Goiânia, GO, Brazil
2Department of Dentistry, State University of Ponta Grossa, Avenida General Carlos Cavalcanti, No. 4748, 84030-900 Ponta Grossa, PR, Brazil
3Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Avenida Limeira, No. 901, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
4Department of Dentistry, Health School, Potiguar University, Laureate International Universities, Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, No. 1610, Natal, RN, Brazil

Received 5 July 2015; Accepted 25 August 2015

Academic Editor: Emmanuel Nicolas

Copyright © 2015 Larissa Soares Reis Vilanova et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ectodermal dysplasia is described as heritable conditions that involve anomalies of structures derived from the ectoderm, including hypodontia. In the cases of edentulous young patients, who did not finish their craniofacial growth, treatment with conventional complete denture is a suitable alternative. The aim of this study was to report a case of mandibular edentulism treated with conventional complete denture in a thirteen-year-old patient diagnosed with hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Typical features, such as frontal bossing, depressed nasal bridge, protuberant lips, scarce hair, and brittle nails, were visualized during the extraoral examination. The intraoral inspection and radiographic analysis revealed oligodontia, dental malformation, and prolonged retention of deciduous teeth at maxilla and total edentulism at mandible. A conventional complete denture was planned and constructed following the same steps of technique as recommended in adults. Although this option is not a definitive treatment, the patient and his parents were satisfied with his improvement in chewing and speech, as well as with the aesthetic benefits.