Synonyms in the broader sense

Temporomandibular joint, upper jaw, denture, Prosthesis, implant

What is a Schlotterkamm?

Of the Schlotterkamm is a flap of the mucous membrane on the ridge of the toothless upper jaw. Most often it occurs in the upper jaw on. It is mainly caused by poorly seated people Dentures, but can also be the result of removing teeth that have already been loosened. As with these Teeth If the jawbone has already largely broken down, the mucous membrane is not firmly attached to the alveolar ridge after extraction, but forms a loose flap. This non-attached mucous membrane has a massive impact on the hold of a prosthesis, if not made impossible, because the prosthesis sways through the loose tissue and loses its hold. Even taking the impression is inaccurate, since the contact pressure compresses the loose tissue and this creates an inaccurate impression.


The sole therapy of one Schlotterkammes consists in the operative removal. At the same time, the mostly deformed alveolar ridge can also be smoothed. This creates the prerequisites for an exact hold of the full denture, because it is now firmly on the ridge.


After removing the Schlotterkamm the prognosis for a well-fitting full denture is very good.


Of the Schlotterkamm is the formation of mobile folds of the mucous membrane on the edentulous alveolar process (see also: Alveolitis sicca). He is the result of a poorly seated one prosthesis or arises after the removal of severely loosened teeth. The hold of a full denture is severely restricted, if not impossible, by a ridge. Only surgical removal of the ridge can guarantee the hold of the prosthesis.