Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students

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9301 January 8, 2013 9


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.

A significant percentage of emergency room visits are dental related. A proportion of these are due to dental prosthesis pathology. This guide will enable non-dentists to recognize dental prostheses, and some of their pathology. Some prosthesis problems lend themselves to easy solution in the emergency room. Others require referral to a dentist.


Curtis S. Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 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, Dentures, Metal Base, Acrylic Resin, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
  • Dental
    • Implant Dentistry
    • Prosthodontics


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Pathology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

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


  • Image
  • Presentation
  • Reference

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