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Article: Volume 39 Number 6 Page 427 - July/August 2012

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  Dent Update 2012; 39: 427-436

Prosthodontics:  Reducing the Risk of Failure in Complete Denture Patients

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Abstract: This paper aims to review the factors associated with an increased risk of failure in complete denture patients, based on the strength of the available evidence base. These include accuracy of jaw relations, a poorly formed mandibular ridge, poor quality dentures and patient neuroticism. Clinical strategies for overcoming these issues are described with particular reference to impression-taking and jaw relations.

Clinical relevance: Identifying potential problems will help to improve outcomes for edentulous patients treated with conventional complete dentures.

Author notes: Simon B Critchlow, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS(Ed), Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, The Royal London Dental Hospital, Janice S Ellis, BDS(Hons), PhD, FDS RCS(Ed), PGCE, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle University and James C Field, BSc(Hons), BDS, MDFS RCS(Ed), MFGDP RCS(Eng), PGCAP, Cert(Clin)Ed, DipEd, FHEA, Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle University, UK.

Objective: To summarize the best available evidence for complete denture prognosis and outline clinical techniques used to achieve success.