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Article: Volume 47 Number 1 Page 14 - January 2020

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  Dental Update 474: 14-21

Restorative dentistry:  Removable Dentures and the Worn Dentition

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Abstract: For patients presenting with more severe forms of tooth wear, removable dentures offer an alternative means of prosthodontic rehabilitation. The use of overdentures, onlay dentures or overlay dentures to restore severely worn teeth can achieve excellent aesthetic and functional results. This article looks at the indications for treatment planning and provision of these prostheses.

Clinical relevance: The use of these prostheses may prove a useful treatment option for the dental clinician managing the moderate to severely worn dentition.

Author notes: Rahat Ali, BSc, BDS, MSc ClinDent(Rest), MFGDP(UK), MFDS RCS(Eng), PGC(HE), FDS(Rest Dent) RCSED, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry (email:, Callum Cowan, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), DipRestDent, StR in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5PS and A Johanna Leven, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), FDS(Rest Dent) RCSED, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Manchester University Dental Hospital, Higher Cambridge Stret, Manchester, M15 6FH, UK.

Objective: To describe the use of removable prostheses when managing moderate to severe tooth wear.

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