Scleroderma: oral manifestations and treatment challenges

Spec Care Dentist. 2000 Nov-Dec;20(6):240-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2000.tb01157.x.


Scleroderma is a connective tissue disorder of excess collagen production characterized by intense fibrosis of the skin, with internal organ involvement. A wide range of oral sequelae-including microstomia, oral mucosal/gingival fibrosis, xerostomia, and mandibular bone resorption-complicates maintenance of oral health and dental treatment. The literature is reviewed, and two cases are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alveolar Bone Loss / etiology
  • Atrophy
  • Dental Caries / etiology
  • Female
  • Gingival Recession / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandible / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Diseases / etiology*
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / complications*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / etiology
  • Xerostomia / etiology