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Article: Volume 41 Number 8 Page 725 - October 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 725-731

Restorative dentistry:  Precision Attachments in Partial Removable Prosthodontics: An Update for the Practitioner Part 1

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Abstract: Precision attachments can be used in removable prosthodontics to improve the retention, stability and aesthetics of a prosthesis. Their use is not commonplace. However, when used appropriately, it is possible to construct a more satisfactory prosthesis where conventional partial dentures have previously been unsuccessful. The first of two articles will describe the different types of precision attachments, including intracoronal, extracoronal and radicular. Their relative indications, advantages and disadvantages will also be discussed.

Clinical relevance: Precision attachments are an option to increase retention in challenging prosthetic cases.

Author notes: Gareth Williams, BDS, MJDF, Dip Clin Hyp, MOrth, Specialist Orthodontist, Total Orthodontics, Brighton, Matthew BM Thomas, BDS(Hons), MPhil, MFDS RCS, MRD RCS, FDS FDS(Rest Dent), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Liam D Addy, BDS, MFDS, MPhil FDS(Rest Dent), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University School of Dentistry, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XY, UK.

Objective: To inform the general dental practitioner of some of the various precision attachment systems, their indications and advantages.