Functionally orientated tooth replacement for older patients

Gerry McKenna*, Sarra Jawad, James Darcey

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Across the globe the population is ageing. However, in addition, older patients are retaining increasing numbers of natural teeth into old age. Therefore clinicians are faced with the challenges of managing chronic dental diseases including caries and periodontal disease alongside replacing missing units. A number of treatment options are available to replace missing teeth for such patients with large numbers currently receiving removable partial dentures. Alternative approaches to treatment should be considered for this population group including functionally orientated tooth replacement according to the principles of the Shortened Dental Arch concept. In correctly chosen cases, this approach can provide patients with an acceptable, functional and aesthetic reduced dentition. Additionally, evidence suggests that such an approach can significantly reduce the maintenance burden for patients and clinicians which can ultimately deliver a more cost effective solution compared to removable alternatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalPrimary Dental Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2020


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