The proportion of partially dentate adults is increasing, as a result of increased life expectancy, a rise in the number of aging individuals, and a shift from total tooth loss/total edentulism percentages towards partial edentulism. Approximately two-thirds of these are bound edentulous spaces and 1/3rd are unbound (distal extension). Removable Partial Dentures (RPD) remain a 1st choice therapy for many clinical situations. RPD clinical trials have demonstrated poor outcomes and satisfaction. RPD therapy has changed little over the past 90+ years, as it has been based largely on the properties of Cobalt Chrome frameworks and their fabrication processes. Recent advances in digital technology and materials have introduced game changing alternatives. This affects the accuracy/precision, materials, and core design principles that have existed for generations.
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
- Apply RPD principles based on conventional CoCr materials.
- Identify and apply new technologies, materials and design principles to RPD Therapy.
- Discuss and apply guidelines for best patient outcomes with Removable Partial Dentures.