The module aims at introducing students to:
- The laboratory and clinical stages necessary to determine the correct diagnosis of complete edentia
- The clinical process of making a complete denture and problems that may be encountered at each stage.
This module introduces students to the stages of fabricating complete denture prosthetics and the different fabrication methods and serial steps theoretically. These steps include taking the preliminary impression, pouring it to obtain a cast, making an acrylic custom impression tray, taking the final impression using both the traditional and the closed-mouth methods, making base plates with wax heights, taking the vertical dimension, recording mouth relation, setting up of teeth, waxing up, acrylic packing and polymerization, finishing and polishing, and, finally, providing the patient with instructions on how to maintain the denture so that he/she can perform all necessary functions such as chewing and speaking. In practice, the student will fabricate a partial acrylic denture, where he/she will correctly diagnose any partial edentia. Next, the student will perform, under supervision, the correct sequential steps to make the removable partial denture: preliminary impression, custom impression tray, final impression, taking jaw relation, setting up, try in, acrylic packing & deflasking and denture insertion.
- Examination of patients with complete edentia.
- Impressions for patients with edentia.
- Final impressions
- Boxing of impressions
- Recording jaw relation
- Setting up of teeth
- Waxing, trying in and flasking/deflasking
- Instruction of usage and maintenance
- Closed-mouth impressions.
- Problems associated with complete dentures.
Lectures and practical sessions.
- Evaluation of student’s work during every session and evaluation of the final work.
- Theoretical and practical tests.
- A final exam.