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Trends in prosthodontics

Journal article
Authors Gunnar E Carlsson
Ridwaan Omar
Published in Med Princ Pract
Volume 15
Pages 167-179
Publication year 2006
Published at Institute of Odontology
Pages 167-179
Language en
Keywords Prosthetic dentistry, Edentulism, Removable partial dentures, Complete dentures, Fixed partial dentures, Dental implants, Shortened dental arch
Subject categories Oral prosthetics

Abstract

Prosthodontics is concerned with the impact of loss of teeth and the resulting damage to teeth or tissue, oral function in its broadest sense. It deals with this largely through prosthetic replacement. The discipline occupies a major portion of dental school curriculum, and dental practitioners usually devote much of their practice to prosthodontic services. With the rapid improvement in oral health and the reduction of edentulism in many countries, increasing numbers of people are retaining more teeth later in life. Consequently, the main focus in prosthodontics has shifted from removable dentures to fixed prostheses, while implant-supported restorations have attracted intense interest in the dental community. Another factor increasingly influencing prosthodontic practice is patients’ awareness of newer technologies in aesthetic dentistry. Because maintenance and repair as well as prosthodontic interventions, are by nature costly, the global development in the field manifests fundamental inequities in the levels of services that patients can access. Diminishing resources for healthcare in general challenges educators and practitioners of prosthodontics alike. This review is an attempt to describe the recent developments in prosthodontics, its therapeutic areas and impact on the theory and practice of the discipline.

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