Alternatives to Removable Partial Denture’s (Treatment Options )

| January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Alternatives to Removable Partial Denture’s (Treatment Options )

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1. No Treatment (Shortened Dental Arch)

– Most patients can function with a shortened dental arch (SDA)

– Requires anterior teeth + 4 occlusal units (symmetric loss) or 6 occlusal units

(asymmetric loss) for acceptable function (opposing PM =1 unit, opposing molars = 2 units)

– RPD doesn’t usually improve function if minimal occlusal units present

2. Fixed partial denture – requires abutments at opposite ends of edentulous space, more expensive than RPD, must grind down abutments, flexes and can fail if too long.

3. Implant supported prosthesis – most costly, closest replacement to natural dentition, less costly over long term

4. Complete denture (if few teeth left, with poor prognosis); if replacement of missing teeth is very complex or costly

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Category: Prosthodontics, WIKI

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