The future of teaching of complete denture construction to undergraduates in the UK: is a replacement denture technique the answer?

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Abstract

Due to changes in the amount of curriculum time available for teaching complete denture construction to undergraduate students, course content requires reconsideration and possible modification. The idea that a replica complete denture technique may offer some advantages is explored. A review of the relevant literature fails to support many of the claimed benefits of this technique such as relative ease of adaptation by the elderly to new dentures. This article suggests that the replica denture technique should be considered as no more than an alternative method of making dentures. The relative demerits of the technique are discussed. A modification of the replica block technique to include important aspects of conventional complete denture courses is described. It is suggested that, because less clinical time is required, it may be a suitable way of introducing students to complete denture construction and educating them to a level which would encourage some to take further postgraduate study and would allow all graduates to treat routine cases or diagnose, treatment plan and refer to clinical dental technicians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571 - 575
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume196
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2004

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