retromolar pad(redirected from pear-shaped pad)
a cushioned mass of tissue, frequently pear shaped, located on the alveolar process of the mandible behind the area of the last natural molar tooth; of particular concern in fitting full dentures.
Synonym(s): pear-shaped area
Etymology: L, retro + mola, mill; D, paden, cushion
a mass of soft tissue, usually pear-shaped, that marks the distal termination of the mandibular residual ridge. It is composed of mucous glands and fibers of the buccinator muscle, the pterygomandibular raphe, the superior constrictor muscle, and the temporal tendon.
ret·ro·mo·lar pad(ret'rō-mō'lăr pad)
A cushioned mass of tissue, frequently pear-shaped, located on the alveolar process of the mandible behind the area of the last natural molar tooth.