Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students

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Image, Presentation, Reference 9301 1 January 8, 2013


This resource has pictures of all common dental prostheses. Also included are common pathology caused by poorly maintained or failing prostheses. Some of this pathology can be treated in an Emergency Room, others must be treated by a dentist in his office. Medical students must also know what prostheses need to be removed prior to airway procedures. In addition, prostheses and instruments are sometimes aspirated or swallowed. A smorgasbord of radio-graphs showing prostheses in the respiratory and alimentary systems is included.


Curtis S. Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To recognize dental prostheses.
  2. To recognize prosthesis pathology.
  3. To be able to remove removable dental prostheses.
  4. To recognize fixed dental prostheses.
  5. To recognize dental implant prostheses 


  • Removable Prostheses, Fixed Prostheses, Crowns (MeSH), Dentures (MeSH), Metal Base, Acrylic Resin (MeSH), Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine


  • Dental
    • Implant Dentistry
    • Prosthodontics

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Pathology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Practicing Health Professional
    • Physician
  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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