This article describes the types and functions of connectors for RPDS. It also considers the relative merits and limitations of these connectors. (+info)
Initial prosthetic treatment.
This article describes measures designed to provide short-term solutions to existing RPD problems and to establish an optimum oral environment for the provision of definitive prostheses. (+info)
This final article in the series describes the modification of teeth to improve their shape for the support and retention of RPDs. (+info)
A three-part bilateral swinglock design denture revisited.
This case was first reported by one of the authors in 1987, subsequent to the patient being treated using a combination of a hinge and split pin sectional denture. The same patient attended for review some 14 years later for assessment of this denture at which stage a replacement was made. (+info)
Caries incidence following restoration of shortened lower dental arches in a randomized controlled trial.
CONTEXT: Removable partial dentures used to restore the shortened lower dental arch may adversely affect the remaining natural teeth and are associated with a low prevalence of use. OBJECTIVE: To report the findings for caries incidence 2 years after restoration of lower shortened arches with bilateral cantilever resin-bonded bridges (RBBs) and conventional partial dentures (RPDs). DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Secondary care PATIENTS: 25 male and 35 female subjects of median age 67 years. were randomly allocated to 'bridge' and 'denture' treatment groups of 30 patients each matched for age and sex. Caries incidence was recorded during dental examinations 3 months, 1 and 2 years after insertion of new lower prostheses. INTERVENTIONS: Cantilever RBBs and conventional RPDs with cast metal frameworks. RESULTS: There was a highly significant difference in the frequency of new caries lesions, 11 and 51 in the bridge and denture groups respectively (P < 0.01). 20 out of 27 bridge patients and 9 of 23 denture patients had no caries experience. Multivariate modeling identified treatment group as the only significant predictor of caries occurrence. CONCLUSIONS: Two years after restoration of lower shortened arches for an elderly sample of patients, there was a significantly greater incidence of new and recurrent caries lesions in subjects restored with RPDs compared with cantilever RBBs. (+info)
Good occlusal practice in removable prosthodontics.
The loss of teeth may result in patients experiencing problems of a functional, aesthetic and psychological nature. This section addresses the very important subject of occlusal considerations for partial and complete dentures. The occlusion is particularly important given the bearing that occlusal factors have, especially on edentulous patients. (+info)
A technique for using maxillary anterior soft-tissue undercuts in denture placement: a case report.
Restoring a large edentulous space in the anterior maxilla presents many challenges, including how to utilize and manage a deep anterior soft tissue undercut. In the case reported here, a partial denture was constructed that incorporated a semi-rigid exterior flange and a soft liner to help the denture to engage the depth of the undercut. The denture was placed after extraction of the anterior teeth, and there was very little postoperative tissue trauma. With this combination of materials, known as "triple lamination", the prosthesis was able to engage the soft-tissue undercut, the undercut was actively involved in retaining the prosthesis, the denture could be placed immediately, and the prosthesis was very comfortable. Triple lamination should be considered when a deep soft-tissue undercut must be engaged to ensure retention of a prosthesis. (+info)
Discuss before fabricating: communicating the realities of partial denture therapy. Part I: patient expectations.
During planning for treatment involving cast removable partial dentures (RPDs), it is important to remember that the 2 major reasons why patients seek this treatment are to improve esthetics and to improve mastication. Treatment that is considered unsuccessful may not necessarily represent poor execution of procedures, but rather may not have fulfilled the patient's expectations with regard to these 2 goals. Searches of the Cochrane Collaboration and MEDLINE databases were conducted to identify issues pertaining to patient compliance in wearing cast RPDs. Compliance was better when the patient's chief concern was replacement of anterior teeth. The success of RPDs for replacement of teeth missing from other areas depended on the patient's perception of the value of such replacement. Maximum masticatory efficiency is equivalent for people functioning from second premolar to second premolar and those wearing partial dentures. Many clinicians believe that the prescription of partial dentures which replace teeth missing distally to the second premolars represents overtreatment. (+info)