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Meeting your patient needs with fixed and removable prostheses

Meeting your patient needs with fixed and removable prostheses

Prosthodontic procedures are one of the common treatment modalities delivered by dentists across the globe. 

The American College of Prosthodontists places prosthodontics at the heart of dental practice, education, and scientific research, providing dentists with complex cases and patients life-changing outcomes.   

Module 4 of the MSc in Restorative Dental Science will equip you with a deep and systematic knowledge and understanding of key concepts relating to the case assessment and treatment planning for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses. 

The growing need for prosthodontic treatments

Although there have been widespread improvements in oral health over the last 40 years1 there are still a significant number of adults with considerable oral health needs. Continued advances in the prevention of dental disease, along with the increase in life expectancy, is creating a shift towards partial edentulism and a growing need for prosthodontic treatments.2   

This is supported by data from a global market research study, conducted in 2015, that suggested approximately 19% of adults wear Removable dentures, of whom most (60%) were partial denture wearers.3

Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, on reviewing this data commented “By 2050, it is expected that there will be two billion people aged 60 and over which is more than double today’s figure, and many will require some form of denture.”  

Restoration of teeth

Additionally, the restoration of teeth using crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays and veneers is increasingly used to restore and repair single or multiple teeth following disease, trauma or as an elective cosmetic treatment. This presents a growing need for an enhanced approach to both fixed and removable prosthodontic treatments delivered within primary care.   

Module 4 of the MSc in Restorative Dental Science will cover both fixed and removal prosthodontics. This includes reviewing the necessary techniques required for examining partially dentate patients along with choosing appropriate approaches and interpretation of the results.  

It also covers biological and mechanical principles of prosthodontic care along with the techniques available for replacing lost teeth, using both fixed and removable prosthodontics, with supporting strategies for the delivery of care. This module will prepare you to provide enhanced evidence-based patient care to benefit your practice and their patients. 

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  1. Watt et al; Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: implications of findings for clinical practice and oral health policy,
  2. Campbell S D, Cooper L, Craddock H et al. Removable partial dentures: The clinical need for innovation. J Prosthet Dent 2017; 118: 273–280
  3. GSK Data on file. Oral Care Omnibus Study. 2014. (Internal market research report)

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