Article: Volume 45 Number 7 Page 617 - July/August 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 617-624

Removable Prosthodontics:  Immediate Dentures Part 1: Assessment and Treatment Planning

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Abstract: This two part review article aims to provide a comprehensive summary on immediate dentures. In the first part, after a brief introduction, the advantages and disadvantages of immediate dentures are compared. There is a detailed discussion on assessment and treatment planning which includes history-taking, examination of the soft and hard tissues, current prostheses, occlusion, as well as discussion on investigations required and formulating a diagnosis. The first part ends with a summary of types of immediate dentures and denture designs.

Clinical relevance: Immediate dentures are commonly used to provide patients with tooth replacement immediately following extractions in order to maintain aesthetics and function. Therefore, they are an integral part of a dentist’s armamentarium.

Author notes: Ursala Jogezai, BDS, BSc, MBA, PGcert(FHEA), Dental Core Trainee (DCT2), Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, Dominic Laverty, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Edin), Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF), Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital and A Damien Walmsley, BDS, MSc, PhD, FDS RCS, Director of Internationalization, Head of Teaching Unit of Prosthetic Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, 5 Mill Pool Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To understand and apply the basic principles underlying the assessment, treatment planning and its execution for immediate dentures in clinical practice.