In the current dental environment with an ever-increasing digital footprint and dental implantology with various augmentation procedures, are partial dentures still applicable or a relic of the past?
To answer the above-mentioned question, not only is diagnostic skills and treatment planning important, but to address the attributes of a partial denture namely retention, stability, hygiene, function and aesthetics, is a thorough knowledge of denture design and application.
Knowledge of denture design include:
• Choosing primary and secondary abutment teeth
• Design to protect abutment teeth
• Reduction of soft tissue coverage
• Maximise retention and stability
• Improved function