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Short and sticky options in the treatment of the partially dentate patient

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Jepson, Patrick Allen


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As we move into the twenty-first century, patterns of dental disease in adults are changing. Surveys of adult dental health indicate that more people are keeping their teeth for longer in life. In many cases, the ravages of dental disease and the cumulative effect of a lifetime of restorative dentistry lead to gradual tooth loss. For many of these patients, restoration of a complete dentition may not be feasible nor desirable. In recent years, functionally oriented treatment planning has become acceptable in light of recent research findings. Using this approach, treatment efforts and resources are directed principally at retaining the 'strategic' part of the dentition in the long term, ie, the anterior and premolar teeth. This paper describes, with the aid of treated cases, a means of combining a shortened dental arch strategy with resin bonded bridgework. With the aid of recent research in this area of clinical practice, some suggestions as to the use of the technique are also described. © British Dental Journal 1999.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jepson NJA; Allen PF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 1999

Volume: 187

Issue: 12

Pages: 646-652

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

PubMed id: 10654439