Article: Volume 43 Number 2 Page 159 - March 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 159-166

Prosthodontics:  Training Plates: A Solution for Patients Unable to Tolerate a Removable Prosthesis

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Abstract: Dealing with patients who are unable to tolerate dentures can present a challenge to the general dental practitioner (GDP). Careful assessment of patients and their dentures will identify any causes of the intolerance to dentures. Training plates are a useful technique that can be used to allow patients to become accustomed to removable prosthesis but will inevitably lengthen the treatment process.

Clinical relevance: Training plates offer a possible solution to general dental practitioners who treat patients who are struggling to tolerate dentures.

Author notes: Dominic P Laverty, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), ACF/StR in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital and A Damien Walmsley, PhD, MSc, BDS, FDS RCPS, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN, UK.

Objective: To understand the reasons for using training plates, the clinical process involved in their fabrication and delivery to a patient and the subsequent management.