Current and future trends in the teaching of removable partial dentures in dental schools in Malaysia: A cross sectional study

Umer Daood*, Preena Sidhu, Nafij Bin Jamayet, Shivani Kohli, Normaliza Ab Malik, Seow Liang Lin, Igor R. Blum, Christopher D. Lynch, Nairn H.F. Wilson

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Aims: To investigate, using a validated questionnaire, the teaching of removable partial dentures (RPDs) in dental schools of Malaysia. Materials and methods: A validated questionnaire to investigating trends in the teaching of RPDs in dental schools in Oceania was emailed (in English version form) to Heads of Restorative/Prosthodontics/course coordinators in the 13 dental schools in Malaysia. Follow-up reminders were sent and participants were given six weeks to complete and return the questionnaire. Data was entered into an Excel spreadsheet and results compiled and analyzed. Results: Completed questionnaires were received from 13 dental school – a 100% response rate. All schools (n = 13) provided a preclinical technical course in RPD design. In most schools (n = 9, 69.2%), course work was supervised by senior lecturers while rest of the institutions made use of associate professor/professors. There were significant differences (p<0.05) between dental schools in terms of the contact hours dedicated to preclinical teaching. Students received an average of 62 h of instruction. Didactic instruction was the primary focus with practical (78 h) and didactic teaching (32 h). All dental schools (n = 13) provided practical surveyor design teaching (8 h). The staff student ratio for formal lectures (1:61), tutorials (1:29) and lab demonstrations (1:12) were recorded. Majority of the schools (n = 11, 84.6%) employed paired teaching in clinical sessions. All schools (n = 13, 100%) emphasized on increased teaching of RPD design and prescription writing in future clinical RPD courses. Conclusion: Teaching of RPDs in Malaysia may be considered sufficient and comparable to the teaching in other parts of the world. Clinical significance: Whilst the teaching of partial dentures at Dental Schools in Malaysia provides the core competencies involved in partial denture design and construction based on sound fundamental, scientific principles they should address the challenges of teaching partial dentures and other areas of dental education including improving working conditions for dental professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104225
JournalJournal of Dentistry
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Acrylic
  • Curriculum
  • Dental school
  • Metals
  • Partial dentures
  • Recommendations
  • Removable
  • Teaching


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